The worst of winter is probably over and many people are looking forward to getting back out into their yards for another season of gardening. Even though there’s still a lot of snow and ice in and around Calgary, and crocuses won’t be popping up for several more weeks, now is an excellent time to start thinking about how to prune fruit trees.
While Calgary isn’t known as a fruit growing area, several varieties of apple, pear, plum, and crab apple grow very well here. Eating fresh fruit grown in your own yard is a treat that must be experienced to truly appreciate. Fruit trees require a lot of care and attention to keep them healthy, producing good fruit, and to prevent them from taking over your yard. If you have fruit trees, pruning them could be the inaugural event that kicks off another season of gardening.
The general rule of thumb for pruning fruit trees is to do it once the danger of winter damage has passed, but before trees have broken dormancy, sap begins to flow, and buds begin to plump. In Calgary, mid to late March is usually a good time to start pruning.
Annual pruning of fruit trees is important for several reasons:
- It shapes the tree and controls its size
- New growth and budding is stimulated by pruning
- Pruning new shoots removes excess wood and invigorates the tree
- Removing branches and opening up a tree allows sunlight and air to reach all of the branches and leaves
- Pruning prevents fruit from being caught between branches that are growing too close together
- Removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches keeps a tree healthier
Pruning a tree too severely can damage and weaken it, making it susceptible to disease and reducing the amount of fruit that it produces.
If you aren’t sure when you should start pruning your fruit trees, or you don’t want to tackle the job yourself, contact 5 Star Landscaping in Calgary today.
Sometimes it seems like a Calgary winter will never end and some years, we get a little taste of winter every month. Spring is just around the corner and we’re enjoying the occasional day that’s just mild enough to lull us into a false sense of security. Don’t get complacent though, because old man winter could still have a few surprises up his sleeves.
It might not seem like it sometimes, but Calgary normally doesn’t get a lot of snow during the winter. During an average year 129 cm or 50.7 inches of fresh snow falls. That snow is spread out over several months between September and May. It’s not unheard of for measurable snow to fall in Calgary during each and every one of the 12 months of the year.
When it snows in Calgary, less than 5 cm usually falls. A snowfall of more than 5 cm only happens seven times a year on average. There’s usually a big snowstorm that dumps more than 10 cm of fresh snow twice a year. Major blizzards that blanket the city with 25 cm of snow or more only happen once a decade. In mid-winter the snow pack in and around Calgary averages 3 cm. It doesn’t seem like a lot – yet it can cause a lot of grief. Often it seems like there’s a lot more snow than there actually is because the wind blows it into drifts.
Believe it or not, March is usually the snowiest month in Calgary. We can expect 22 cm, or almost 9 inches of snow to fall.
During late winter and early spring, it’s particularly important to keep ice under control. Warm daytime temperatures can melt snow and ice which refreezes during cold Calgary nights, making for treacherous conditions in the morning. Keep de-icer and snow shovels handy to tackle March snow and ice.
If you need help keeping your sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots snow and ice free, it’s not too late to contact 5 Star Landscaping in Calgary.