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How to Renovate an Orchard

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Published July 15th 2017
Do you have neglected fruit trees in need of some TLC?
Many people worry they aren't pruning their fruit trees properly for maximum productivity and often they're right! Pruning a tree for the shape of it, is a simple exercise for the seasoned gardener, but when it comes to fruit trees there are some important elements to consider.

Pete with some of his fruit trees
Pete the Permie - Fruit Tree Guru

In this course by Pete the Permie, you will learn how to assess fruit trees and evaluate what is needed to make them more productive. Students will develop & present plans to renovate an orchard, then in a field session will put theory into practice. You will see some great examples of trees that need help and will come away with the know-how to be able to prune an orchard back to productivity.

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Pruning an orchard as a team

This class series will cover
How to assess what needs doing (or not)
Pruning to renovate your trees back into shape (when & how much to cut off)
Different approaches for different types of fruit trees they're not all created equal
Variety selection, adding or changing trees, if necessary
Feeding and water requirements
What equipment or tools to use
Follow-up management for your fruit trees
Pest and disease present and future management
Organic control methods and products for pests, disease and weeds
What is required for Certified Organic or Biodynamic and how to go about this

Pete will show you some of his latest "toys" the equipment he uses for fruit tree pruning, including some of the latest battery operated gear available. The right equipment means it's not a huge physical task, and removes the need for climbing. So pruning fruit trees should be easily achievable by anyone, with the right gear.

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You don't need to climbing trees to prune them, you'll be shown how to leave the climbing for the kids!

You'll come away knowing how to shape fruit trees while keeping your feet on the ground, have greater productivity and reachable pickability (yes that is now a word). Anyone who has fetched a ladder to pick that fruit on those branches, will know what that means!

This course is for beginner through to advanced, because the skills apply equally to a backyard or up to a commercial orchard. This course will benefit
Enthusiastic gardeners
Horticulture & fruit tree specialists,
Permaculture designers and consultants
Permaculture & horticulture students
New owners with an existing orchard in any condition
Employees and the self-employed working in this field
Anyone who wants to maximise harvest from their fruit trees with minimal effort.

I have learnt a lot from Pete the Permie about fruit trees, so I can say this course is a must for anyone who has or who works with established fruit trees. He also holds classes on fruit trees from basic pruning, to espaliers and design.

For information about fruit trees, future class dates or maintenance you can contact Peter 0418 665 880 or
Or see the website listings Pete the Permie Fruit trees

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Why? To learn how to properly care for your fruit trees
Phone: 0418 665 880
Where: Telopea Mtn Permaculture & Nursery
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