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The pictures above help remind us that spring is here and there is a lot to do to prepare your yard for the season. Here are some suggestions on pruning to help with your spring pruning projects:

When pruning raspberries it’s important to know and determine if you are dealing with summer bearing raspberries or everbearing.  Summer bearing varieties will bear fruit on on last year’s canes and fall-bearing (sometimes called everbearing) will bear fruit on this year’s new canes. Also when planting these varieties you will need to keep them separated. The main reason being is as they spread they will merge and it will become difficult to know which plants are which and pruning will become difficult.  The easiest way to prune summer bearing canes will be to cut down the canes in the summer after they have finished fruiting, you then can tie in this seasons canes for support for next years crop. Once the fall-bearing raspberries have finished fruiting for the season you can cut them right down to the ground. Because summer bearing raspberries tend to grow fairly tall they do much better with support wires, there are a lot of different set ups for this to work so you can choose your own. Fall-bearing raspberries grow shorter and don’t necessarily need supports but they will benefit from it.