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  • Hello. My name is Mrs. Lund. This is a practice exercise for the Pruning Apple Trees activity.
  • In this tree pruning exercise, you will study a drawing of a dormant apple tree. You will be asked to visualize specific pruning cuts that are needed. After a suitable interval, the answer will appear. You will be asked to locate broken, downward-growing, rubbing, criss-cross, and upward growing branches; competing leaders, and suckers.
  • Decide which cuts you would make, the orange cuts, the red cuts, or the blue cuts. (Pause) These are the proper cuts.
  • The next five slides will take you through the process of pruning this neglected apple tree. Locate the broken branches that need to be removed from this tree. Hint: there are only two.
  • Locate the downward-growing branches to be removed. These interfere with caring for the tree, can damage other branches or fruit, and can break from the weight of fruit. Hint: there are three.
  • Locate branches that may be rubbing others and branches that grow in a criss-cross or sideways fashion. Hint: there are five.
  • Locate the upward-growing branches, competing leaders (large branches competing with the main trunk) and the suckers. Hint: there are three upward-growing and one competing leader.
  • Locate some final cuts to prevent overgrowth. Do not select the tallest central branch. That one is fine for now. Hint: there are four that should be made.
  • This is the tree before and after our pruning. What a difference! This tree is now ready to put all of its energy into new branches and fruit!
  • You’ve finished the practice. Good job! Now return to the blog to assess your knowledge. Thank you.
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    • 1. Kathleen L. Lund EDU 652 Prof. Kris Jamsa January 17, 2010
    • 2. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Welcome!
    • 3. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Choose the color of the pruning cuts you would make.
    • 4. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Broken branches
    • 5. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Downward-growing branches
    • 6. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Rubbing or criss-cross branches
    • 7. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Upward-growing, competing leaders, and suckers
    • 8. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise These are some final cuts to prevent overgrowth.
    • 9. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Before and After Ready for a new season of growing and producing!
    • 10. Pruning Apple Trees - Practice Exercise Finished!