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PHOTOS: Pruning apple trees at Hackleboro Orchards in Canterbury

  • Harry Weiser takes pauses while demonstrating how to prune a tree. The Vermont native has been working in apple orchards for most of his life at Hackleboro Orchards on February 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Harry Weiser takes pauses while demonstrating how to prune a tree. The Vermont native has been working in apple orchards for most of his life at Hackleboro Orchards on February 17, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The cuts help thin out the trees so there’s fewer fruits but creating space and air for healthier apples.  <br/>Hackleboro Orchards, Feburary 17, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The cuts help thin out the trees so there’s fewer fruits but creating space and air for healthier apples.
    Hackleboro Orchards, Feburary 17, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Harry Weiser’s mini chair saw rests on the fresh snow at Hackleboro Orchards on February 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Harry Weiser’s mini chair saw rests on the fresh snow at Hackleboro Orchards on February 17, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • At the end of the morning, home owner Joe Downey, of Epsom, left, chats with Harry Weiser in the orchard. "I look out there and I see a million what ifs," Downey said, referencing the questions he had about maintaining the trees when looking at all the different kinds at Weiser's orchard. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    At the end of the morning, home owner Joe Downey, of Epsom, left, chats with Harry Weiser in the orchard. "I look out there and I see a million what ifs," Downey said, referencing the questions he had about maintaining the trees when looking at all the different kinds at Weiser's orchard.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Harry Weiser takes pauses while demonstrating how to prune a tree. The Vermont native has been working in apple orchards for most of his life at Hackleboro Orchards on February 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The cuts help thin out the trees so there’s fewer fruits but creating space and air for healthier apples.  <br/>Hackleboro Orchards, Feburary 17, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Harry Weiser’s mini chair saw rests on the fresh snow at Hackleboro Orchards on February 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • At the end of the morning, home owner Joe Downey, of Epsom, left, chats with Harry Weiser in the orchard. "I look out there and I see a million what ifs," Downey said, referencing the questions he had about maintaining the trees when looking at all the different kinds at Weiser's orchard. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

“It’s all right to make to make a cut,” Harry Weiser said while taking a break from pruning his 34-year-old dwarf Macintosh trees with a mini chain saw on Monday afternoon. “It doesn’t hurt them, it helps.” Winter is the right time for the task. Weiser, who owns Hackleboro Orchards in Canterbury, says the trees are asleep and the disease that could enter the pruning wounds are not as rampant. He’s been pruning for over 30 years and says he’s always learning more about it. He’d spent the cold blustery morning sharing his knowledge more than 35 apple tree owners that came to his orchard to learn and snack on apple cider donuts that he baked that morning. The free event attracted mostly home owners who have a few trees in their yard, curious about how to keep them healthy.

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