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Karen

Great caretakers of those venerable trees you are, out there in 10 degree weather! How do you feel your fingers to handle the tools safely at that temperature? Wow, I'm in awe. Fruit trees scare me, the pruning requirements seem so difficult to learn. My mom is a whiz, I think she has one of those ladders. Thanks for the links, I'm forwarding this post to a friend with an overgrown apple she wants to rehab.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

Hi Karen! It really helps to take a class and see someone else do it. I think we spend such a number of days pruning because you can only be out for an hour or so on those really cold ones. I would never manage it, but my husband is more cold tolerant! Sounds like we had rather similar weather yesterday: rain that started to freeze and then turned to snow. Luckily I won't be buying plants til the end of April so I don't have to worry about them freezing!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter

Those tripod ladders are a stroke of genius. Why didn't I come up with this? :^D Don't you hate trying to get rid of suckers from Apple & Crabapple trees? That's about the only thing I don't like about them.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

Those trees never stop suckering. Of course, the pruning pushes some of that other growth but it sure is a never-ending process. The ladder was a lucky catalog find and has proven very useful. You see old apple ladders that narrow toward the top, but usually they have to be leaned against the tree. It's the tripod that makes it so useful — and the fact that it's well made.

çağlar keskin

Pruning is useful and needed for trees but it is also not easy to do that. Thanks to all who informs people about it, i also found a helpful guide about pruning :

http://agricultureguide.org/

work platform ladders

I must admit, I haven't even seen a tripod ladder before. Still, whoever first came up with the idea deserves a lot of praise. I can see that the design can easily allow you to get into those nooks and crannies you can't using a regular ladder.

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