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Need Tree Care Tips?

You have fruit trees in your yard, but are unsure about when, how much and how often to prune.  Ease your fears, this month's in-service recommendations will answer all your questions on fruit tree pruning   The listed Webinars are by Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery.  They are best viewed in the order given. 

Dave Wilson Nursery is located near Modesto, CA, and is one of the largest growers of deciduous fruit, nut and shade trees in the US.  For more information on fruit trees, go to their website: www.davewilson.com and click on the tab For Home Gardens. This website offers complete, easily accessible information on fruit trees.  The list of written and video options on the left includes such articles as Backyard Fruit Tree Basics and Backyard Orchard Culture.  If you click on #9 (DWN videos - index) it takes you to their “Fruit Tube Index” with short videos on Home Fruit Growing Basics, Planting, and Pruning. 

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning 2012 

Young trees  (8:28)

https://youtu.be/EpU8W-H5xZ4

Winter Pruning 2014

Youngish trees; reg. & espalier  (13:32) 

https://youtu.be/MS1WrfKILpU

Winter Pruning January 2018 

Older trees

Several trees for variety. (19:24)

https://youtube.com/watch?v=DoxXQYS9qcM&feature=share

Summer Pruning Fruit Trees 2015  (7:46)

https://youtu.be/KgxSdJc1bhU

Spring 2014 Fruit Tree Care (7:50)

https://youtu.be/EZGnw8qg9jw

The San Joaquin Valley is the most important area in the state for the production of fruit and nut tree crops.  What's important about growing these crops in our valley?  It is the soil and the summer and winter weather.   This relatively flat region is blessed with some of the best soils in the world,  made up of alluvial deposits from several California rivers.  Day and night temperature in the summer average 84 degrees.   Winter lows average 45 degrees.  Alluvial soils and moderate temperature make our area ideal for growing fruit trees.

Thank you 

Dave Wilson Nursery for your wonderful online resources about trees. 

Dave Wilson Nursery is located near Modesto, CA, and is one of the largest growers of deciduous fruit, nut and shade trees in the US.  For more information on fruit trees, go to their website: www.davewilson.com and click on the tab For Home Gardens.

 

Integrated pest management (IPM)

IPM
Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the environment.
Successful IPM begins with correct identification of the pest. Only then can a selection of appropriate IPM methods and materials be made.
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