Renovational Pruning Demonstration of Apple Trees Planned at Great Bear

FULTON, NY – Whether you have apple trees in need of care or would just like to have your questions answered about pruning, join us at Great Bear Springs Recreational Area.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., Fernando Araya, an arborist, can answer your questions.

Margaret Boscar and Oz at twin trunk apple tree
Margaret Boscar and Oz at twin trunk apple tree

He will be demonstrating  renovational pruning of apple trees at Great Bear Springs.

Renovational pruning promotes proper growth and structural form for maintaining the best growth of fruit and maintenance of the tree.

Several of the pruning techniques can be applied to other fruit and landscaping trees.

A highlight will be a discussion on wildlife habitat management for your apple trees.

Bring the family and enjoy the day at Great Bear.

Along with the pruning instruction, a demonstration of making apple cider from Great Bear Apples will be given, using a hand press.

Free cider and donuts will be available.

Bring the family and enjoy the day at Great Bear.

Afterwards, go for a fall hike on one of the many trails.

Up until the early 1980s along with the famous Great Bear Springs water, a thriving orchard business operated, selling apples, apple cider and other locally grown fruit.

great bear  apples
Great Bear apples

Today Great Bear is a non-motorized recreational area with a variety of trails through diverse wooded areas and the historic Oswego Canal tow path.

The demonstration will be near the parking and entrance area located adjacent to Route 57 and Hawthorn Road, 3.5 miles south of Fulton.

For a directional and trail map, go to:

For more information, call 343-4565.

Sponsored by Friends of Great Bear and the Fulton Public Library.