Pruning.  That's the job of February.  I'm not new to this job. I brought back the apple trees at our other house and had them producing.  I recall being pregnant and up on the ladder with pruning shears when my husband pulled in with the vehicle once.  I distinctly remember him shaking his head at me.  "WHAT is she doing?!" is a regular question he asks around these parts.

But it's February. And February is almost done.  I haven't gotten out there as much as I should.  I found six apple trees on this property.  They look like they haven't been tended in ages.  Decades.  The weather has been so windy and cold and I haven't had much of a chance to go sans kids (cutting trees isn't the best activity for helpers).   I spent a good hour on one tree and barely touched as much pruning as it needed.  I don't even know if it's worth it. I couldn't tell you if the apples on them are good or not because not much of anything happened.

But I do know this, I would much rather put into the effort and chance it than always wonder "what if?"  So that's what I am doing. I likely won't get it all done before February is over, and I don't know if I'll get to them all in March. But if I keep at it, it will all get done.  I won't give up, it's not my style. Sometimes the turtle does win the race.


  1. It's great to have a good knowledge set. You must have learned about pruning on your parents' farm. I've never seen pruning done in snowshoes though!

  2. Looks like quite a job! Especially since the trees haven't been tended to in so long. But if anyone can do it, you are the person for the job!

  3. We let ours get overgrown so it's hiring a pro time! Do you use a long handled 6' pruner? Much easier to get up high...



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