2017-04-06 / Life in Leelanau

Pruning workshop set to return May 22

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host its popular antique apple and pear tree pruning workshop from 1-4 p.m. May 5 in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

The workshop will be held at the Miller farm, four miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22. Turn onto Port Oneida Road, go one mile and turn onto Miller Road, and follow the signs to the workshop site.

The workshop will focus on maintenance of neglected apple and pear trees and how to bring them back into production, as well as maintain their health. The course will include ways to identify and remove dead materials from abandoned trees; proper pruning of the canopy for optimum maintenance and fruit production; maintaining tree health; maintaining ground cover under the tree; watering and care of the tree; and equipment safety.

The park is partnering for the 12th time with the Leelanau Conservation District and the County Extension Master Gardener Program to offer the hands-on workshop.

There is no cost for this workshop, with orientation starting at 1 p.m.. Participants should meet at the trailhead at the end of Miller Road.

No skills are needed and tools and handouts will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and gloves, and dress for the weather.

To sign up for the workshop contact the park’s historical architect Kimberly Mann at 231-326-4771 or by email at kimberly_ mann@nps.gov.

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