Hello, we have several apple tree orchards in Central Oregon. Sadly our pruner is retiring due to health issues and we are looking for a recommendation on an experienced pruner
familiar with large apple tree experience. We can keep a pruner busy for at least a week.
Recommendations appreciated. Thanks
There used to be a guy on here who called himself Oregon Wood Smoke, but I haven't heard from him in years.
I was thinking that maybe you could look in your local phone book for people who have landscaping businesses, but who also "trim trees". However, when it comes to fruit trees, the pruning needs to be competently done to the benefit of the tree and its fruit production. You could interview people on the phone, but despite all assurances you'd still not know whether they knew what they were doing until after its a "fait accompli".
It occurs to me that if you drove around your local area and found either an orchard, or a private yard, where the fruit trees have been obviously competently pruned, you could stop in and enquire as to who did the pruning job. You might find someone who knows just what they're doing and could make a little extra money on the side while doing you a favor.
There aren't any local arborists that are experienced with large fruit trees. Weve been using an expert who comes from the valley-and he knows how to work with very large heirlooms. He completely restored several very old and neglected orchards throughout Central Oregon and has maintained them for the past decade. We are very sad to lose him but his health is failing.
We cover his transportation and lodging. Looking for someone just like him.
I'm truly sorry to hear about your dilemma and about your impending loss of a competent, trustworthy pruner. That's gotta hurt! People with an innate knack for "reading" the trees and working with them appropriately is becoming a lost art. If there are any properly maintained orchards near you, may I suggest that you approach the orchard owners and make honest, straight-forward enquiries of them in regard to their tree pruners? Hopefully, they would be willing to do your bidding without too much "political" entanglement.
My hopes are with you. Good help is hard to find.
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