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Maxwell Norton, fruit tree specialist and UC Farm Advisor, gives a free pruning demonstration - photo Mariposa Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners Host Free Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

MARIPOSA — To get the best out of your fruit trees, you have to give them the best care with the right tools at the right time of the year, says Master Gardener Bob Labozetta. That right time is now.

The Mariposa Master Gardeners will conduct a free, open to the public workshop on pruning fruit trees on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Triangle Road area.

University of California Emeritus Fruit & Nut Advisor Maxwell Norton will demonstrate how to prune your trees for your convenience, the tree’s maximum health, and its best support structure and bearing capability. Norton will share where to make cuts for best harvest as well as correct tools, care of those tools and how important it is to keep your tools clean.

Participants are asked to register at http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu or call (209) 966-2417 to receive handouts and be notified of any last minute changes. Location specifics will be given upon registration. This workshop will be an outside experience, so dress accordingly.

The Master Gardener program is overseen by the University of California. Volunteers give UC-researched answers to home gardeners’ questions.

For more about Master Gardeners, go to http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener.

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