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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

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

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

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 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Winnebago County Extension Office, 1040 N. Second St. in Rockford. Registration cost for this program is $5 and pre-registration is required by Monday, January 22, 2018. To register or for more information on this program, visit us online at or call us at 815-986-4357.

You may have inherited property that has a number of mature apple trees. You may also have ignored and neglected your apple trees for a number of years. Whichever category you fall into, it is not too late to get your trees on the path towards productive yields.

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.  McCarty will also do a live demonstration pruning cherry and peach trees during the program.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office.

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

Local Contact: Samantha Burbach, Program Coordinator,