Tree pruning workshop set for WVSU campus

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
March 12, 2014
Tree pruning workshop set for WVSU campus
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Learn the proper technique for pruning fruit trees at a workshop hosted by West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service Friday, March 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at WVSU’s campus orchard in Institute.

“Owners of small or large fruit tree orchards need to understand the importance of properly pruning the fruit trees on their property,” said WVSU Extension Agent Brad Cochran. “It can make all the difference between a good fruit harvest and a poor fruit harvest.”

Proper pruning can increase fruit size, as well as discourage disease by increasing air movement through the tree, Cochran said.

Dr. David Davis, visiting professor of Horticulture at West Virginia University, will present the workshop, which costs $5 and includes hands-on pruning opportunities for fruit tree owners. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. Registration is requested by calling Brad Cochran at (304) 541-3301 or e-mailing         

The campus orchard is located near Route 25 on the west end of campus. Parking is available in Lot C, located at the main entrance to campus. The orchard is adjacent to the lot.

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