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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Perfect Pruning Weather

Close-up of two people pruning a leafless tree in front of a chain-linked fence
Ecology Center [via Flickr]

If this is the winter that we're having, Tom Kasper is going to make the most of it.

After last winter's record setting snowfall, a winter without snow is allowing gardeners an opportunity to prune fruit trees. "Pruning is really an important part of why and how our fruit trees produce," says Kasper. The warm weather has been coaxing many outside and the low snow levels means easier access to their plants.

Will this warm winter result in a better harvest this year? That all depends. If the buds appear before the coldest of the weather is behind, it could kill off potential fruit. If the weather stays above 28 degrees, the buds should be fine and will likely yield a good harvest.

You can hear Tips for Hardy Gardeners every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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