Antique Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Contact: Kimberly Mann, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting a pruning workshop on May 4th in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The workshop will be held at the Miller Farmstead orchard located off Port Oneida Road on Miller Road from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Port Oneida Schoolhouse on Port Oneida Road 4 miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22 at 1:00 p.m. for an orientation and introduction, then the entire group will proceed to the orchard.
The park is pairing up for this workshop with the Leelanau Conservation District, MSU Northwest Michigan Horticultural Station, and the County Extension Master Gardener Program and will focus on maintenance of neglected apple trees and how to bring them back into production, and maintain their health. The course will include 1) how to identify and properly remove dead materials from abandoned trees 2) proper pruning of the canopy for optimum maintenance and apple production, 3) maintaining tree health, 4) how to maintain ground cover under the tree, 5) watering and care of the tree, and 6) equipment safety.
Workers are not required to be skilled. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train homeowners and the interested public how to restore to health and maintain antique apple trees.
There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and gloves. Handouts will be provided. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to May 7th at the same time and location.
To sign up for the workshop, contact Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Historical Architect, Kimberly Mann at (231)326-5135 ext. 501.