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Spring 2018

Tooley’s Trees Spring 2018 Grafting Workshop

March 17, 2018, 9:30am to 4pm.

Grafting workshop

Tooley’s Trees

Truchas, NM

Cost is $70 and includes rootstocks for 5 apple or crabapple trees.

YOU MUST SIGN UP WITH US BY PHONE OR EMAIL TO INSURE A PLACE IN THE WORKSHOP.

AFTER WE CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE A PLACE IN THE WORKSHOP,

WE WILL REQUIRE A 50% NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT BY CASH OR MONEY ORDER WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR CONFIRMATION.

This one day workshop will focus on bench grafting techniques but may also include a tour of our orchard and brief introduction to holistic orchard management. You are welcome to bring some of your own apple or crabapple scions. For successful grafts you need to bring last year’s new growth in straight twigs of around 1/4″ diameter and around 12″ long. Cut them just before the workshop and wrap them in damp cloth or newspaper and then in a plastic bag, and store in the refrigerator.

We will only have rootstock available for grafting apples and crabapples.

Bring whatever grafting tools you have; sharp knives, pruners, clothes for changing weather, drinking water and lunch.

To sign up contact us at: info@tooleystrees.com  or  505-689-2400 (This is a land line- no texts please!)

THIS CLASS USUALLY FILLS UP VERY QUICKLY SO DON’T DELAY!

We expect to re-open the nursery for tree sales on March 23, 2018.

If there is too much snow on the ground then to work in the fields, we will delay opening into April so please check in before making the drive up here to buy trees. Of course right now there is no snow, but we can always hope for more precipitation between now and then!

Many of you have asked us about buying bareroot trees. We will not have any available for this spring unless you put your order in last August. We are moving out of bareroot sales into methods that are less work for us. We put our new grafts directly into 3 gallon fabric root bags last spring and will have an inventory ready of those soon.

Please keep watering your trees and shrubs until there is measurable snow on the ground. Its hard to say how often- it depends on how well your soil holds moisture and how much precipitation we get. Dig down a few inches with your hand or a trowel. If the soil is still moist, you can wait a few days and check again. Its ok to let them get a little dry between waterings.

Also, be sure to install fencing to protect from rodents: 1/4″ hardware mesh in a circle around the trunk of the tree, and for larger predators like deer, elk, bear, cows: large rings of field fencing or perimeter fencing.

Thanks and lets all hope for a wet spring!

Margaret & Gordon

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