Normally, orchardists like Ron Meyer would be about 10% of the way finished with pruning pear trees at this point in the season. But because of the extremely dry conditions, Meyer says he’s almost halfway finished, 40% of the way done.
“We’ve been able to do a lot of work earlier than normal because we’ve had such a dry season so far, even though we had snow of the ground for a week, the ground is quite dry,” Meyer said.
The cold temperatures also helped push the pear trees into a deep dormant sleep. That is apparently the best time to stimulate growth by pruning.