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Build confidence in fruit tree pruning with free educational workshop

CLINTON, Ill. – Want to make an apple or peach pie, but your fruit tree isn’t bearing enough fruit? Pruning may be the answer. Pruning can improve tree vigor, encourage flower and fruit production, and attain the desired shape. Learn about this and more in a hands-on workshop hosted by DeWitt and Piatt County Master Gardeners and Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists.

Fruit Tree Pruning is a free event and will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on March 12 at an orchard in DeWitt County. The exact location will be sent upon registering. Learn why, when, and how to prune. Pruning techniques will be demonstrated by Extension Educator Doug Gucker.

Register by March 10 at This is a hands-on outdoor workshop. Participants should dress for the weather and bring gloves and pruning tools if available. For more information, please contact Beth Miglin, horticulture Extension coordinator, at or call 217-935-5764.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-935-5764. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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