Stacey, Susan and Giselle after pruning apple trees in Ben Nobleman Park
Pruning apple trees can be very similar to pruning any type of fruit tree in terms of fruit tree structure – but when it comes to timing, apple trees may have their own needs.
And so, when three key volunteers of The Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard spent time in the park this weekend, our apple trees were high up in our list of priorities.
As I teach in my online fruit tree pruning workshop, timing make a big difference when you’re pruning.
While winter pruning gives slow-growing trees like apple trees a burst of energy so that they will grow quicker and produce more fruit, summer pruning works best with vigorous trees like cherries and plums that quickly grow too big and become hard to handle. Continue reading
Arborists from the City of Toronto set up to take down part of an Ash Tree in Ben Nobleman Park that has been attacked by Emerald Ash Borer beetles.
Death of a Native Tree
This year, sadly, Ben Nobleman Park became a statistic as the notorious Emerald Ash Borer killed of one of our native ash trees. During the growing season the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard volunteers spend hours each month caring for our fruit trees and pollinator garden. But an event like this reminds us not to take our park’s beautiful native trees for granted. Continue reading
Lynn giving thanks for fruit trees in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard
It was a lazy, cool and breezy Thanksgiving weekend and while some of us were busy baking and cooking and preparing Thanksgiving meals, a handful of Ben Nobleman Park volunteers spent the morning giving thanks for our fruit trees by volunteering in our pollinator garden and community orchard. Continue reading