Host Richard Hentschel talks about annual pruning needs, creating strong scaffold branches that will hold the fruit load without additional support or having the branches break. Training begins the first year and will continue throughout the life of the tree. Water sprouts and suckers will occur annually and will need to be addressed. Richard also discussed the need for a dormant oil spray to control overwintering insect eggs and adult insects hiding in the bark crevices.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.