Until February hit, it looked like it was going to be an easy pruning season — easy as in being able to get around the orchard. Sixty inches of snow later, I’m leaving the ladder behind and pruning with snowshoes!
All of February’s snow and cold has made for a late but beautiful pruning season. And in addition to pruning, I’ve also had to stomp down the snow around the young trees since the snow was as high as the tree guards, leaving the trees susceptible to girdling from voles. (Girdling occurs when bark is removed in a strip along the trunk, leaving the tree unable to move nutrients to the top of the tree from the roots.)
You can tell I’m not working too hard yet since I’ve been able to take lots of photos! Enjoy!