Pruning and Grafting Workshop with C. Darren Butler

This Sunday May 29, learn how to prune and graft citrus and avocados with consulting arborist, ecological designer, sustainable landscaping specialist, and teacher C. Darren Butler. Slots are still available. It’s a double workshop (pruning in the morning and grafting in the afternoon). You can sign up for one or both. Hope to see some of you there!

For more information contact Darren at: [email protected]

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  1. Hello from Minnesota – I took a grafting class this spring with Dan Bussey at the Seed Saver’s Exchange farm in Decorah, Iowa. It’s focus was on apple trees, but I am sure the techniques are similar for citrus and avacado. Good luck to all of you who attend, it is a great skill to have in your tool box! I will never buy another apple tree again, long live grafting!! Cheers!

  2. Question: the house we just moved into has several very-pruned avocado trees with sunburned trunks. Everyone around here says to coat the trunks in white latex paint to protect the trunk from the excessive sun exposure. Does it HAVE to be latex paint? Does an alternative exist, like using milk paint or something?

  3. Hi Joss,

    Not that I’m aware of. The standard advice I’ve heard is to use a 50/50 mix of water/latex paint. It is very important that avocado trees not get sunburned trunks. When pruning try to keep trunks and branches shaded–i.e. prune avos conservatively.

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