On April 26th, 2016, Cheryl Denz (owner and operator of Terra Optima Farm and Landscaping in Appleton) came to Colby College to conduct a 3-hour workshop for our PPD Grounds team on Pruning best practices.
Below are some highlights of that workshop.
Our grounds crew manage over several hundred acres of landscaping, year-round. As spring arrives, they work especially hard to keep our trees, shubbery and overall setting healthy and flourishing.
There are many tools involved when it comes to pruning. Mainly, clippers, hand pruners, loppers, and telescoping pole saws are used. It was suggested to steer away from power saws because of the harsh cut and damage to the tree that results from them.
In this picture, Kevin (one of our grounds specialists) is using a telescoping pole saw to reach new heights in pruning this apple tree.
The videos below are short clips featuring Cheryl at our apple trees. She briefly talks about the key factors of climate, timing and techniques surrounding pruning.
Click on the short clip to learn about the importance of climate and pruning.
Click on the short clip to learn about the importance of mulching around trees.
Click on the short clip to learn about the importance of trimming and pruning.
For additional information on pruning, here are some other resources:
SPECIAL THANKS to all our grounds crew and physical plant staff who keep our campus looking beautiful year-round.