Learn tree pruning ideas at Great Bear program Oct. 26

A program titled “Renovational Pruning Demonstration of Apple Trees” is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Great Bear Springs Recreational Area.

In preparation for the upcoming pruning season, whether you have apple trees in need of care, or would just like to have your questions answered about pruning, arborist Fernando Araya can answer your questions and demonstrate renovational pruning of apple trees at Great Bear Springs.

Renovational pruning promotes proper growth and structural form for maintaining the best growth of fruit and maintenance of the tree.

Several of the pruning techniques can be applied to other fruit and landscaping trees. A highlight will be a discussion on wildlife habitat management for your apple trees.

Bring the family and enjoy the day at Great Bear. Along with the pruning instruction, a demonstration of making apple cider from Great Bear apples using a hand press will be given. Free cider and donuts will be available.

Afterwards, go for a fall hike on one of the many trails.

Up until the early 1980s, a thriving orchard business operated, selling apples, apple cider and other locally grown fruit. Today Great Bear is a non-motorized recreational area with a variety of trails through diverse wooded areas and the historic Oswego Canal tow path.

The demonstration will be near the parking and entrance area located adjacent to Route 57 and Hawthorne Road, 3.5 miles south of Fulton.

For a directional and trail map, go to: http://friendsofgreatbear.org/  Information, call 343-4565

Sponsored by the Fulton Public Library and Friends of Great Bear.

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