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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Main Office (Stephenson County)
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Jo Daviess County)
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Branch Office (Winnebago County)
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Intro to Apple Tree Pruning: The Older and Neglected

University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty will teach apple tree pruning on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth, IL 61028 and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stockton Public Library, 140 W. Benton Ave, Stockton, IL 61085. Registration cost for this program is $5 and pre-registration is required by Monday, November 13, 2017. To register or for more information on this program visit us online at or call us at 815-858-2273.

Have you recently purchased some property that has apple trees but unfortunately, they have been neglected in recent years and you don’t know what to do with them? Alternatively, maybe you have owned the property for years and you want to get the trees in better shape and producing to their full potential. On the other hand, you may have inherited property that has a number of mature apple trees. Whichever category you fall into, it is not too late to get your trees on the path towards productive yields.  If any of these sounds like you, then this class is for you!

This course will go into the decisions you need to make when it comes to getting mature apple trees back into shape over the next couple of years. Topics to be covered include when to let go of trees, basics of seasonal/older pruning, disease/insect management, choices of tools, making the first cuts of a multi-year process, apple tree grafting options, and working through visual examples of trees that have been neglected.

Source: Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,

Local Contact: Alex Burbach, Program Coordinator - Jo Daviess County,