Trimming off the mummies as spring nears

Orchardist Peter Montgomery is preparing his fruit trees for spring — and shared his secrets for healthy trees and abundant fruit. Photo by Elyse Sadtler

Pruning season has arrived for fruit trees. Warren resident and orchardist Peter Montgomery offered some tips to The Lakeville Journal  for healthy, productive fruit trees. He emphasized essential elements of successful fruit tree care: pruning, fertilizing and spraying. 

“Now is the time to inspect your trees for damage, dead wood and ‘mummies’,” Montgomery said. Mummies, or old, shriveled fruit still on the tree from the previous season, can be especially dangerous as they often harbor pathogens. 

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