This course has two parts:
1. Four hours of indoor lecture with a PowerPoint presentation
2. Two hours of pruning techniques demonstration at the SRJC Shone Farm
Basic Principals of Pruning Fruit and Nut Trees: Includes importance of sun and light exposure, vigor management, thinning and heading cuts, different bearing habits of species - spur bearing versus shoot bearing, tree spacing, tree planting, and young tree training.
Specific Pruning Instructions for Apple, Pear, Kiwi, Nectarine, Peach, Plum, Apricot, Cherry, Table Grapes, Fig, Persimmon, Olive, Feijoa, Citrus, and Loquat - also Almond and Walnut
Insect, Disease, and Weed Control: Includes diseases reduced by pruning and other commonly occurring problems
Outside Pruning Demonstration: Training and pruning at Shone Farm
The instructor is Paul Vossen, UC Cooperative Extension Emeritus Farm Advisor who has taught professional and back yard fruit tree pruning courses for 38 years.