Get Mick's handy guide on how to prune fruit trees

Published on 25 May 2021

Mick Medic with his new pruning guide

Mick Medic just loves to garden. It’s what he does for a job and how he spends much of his spare time at home.

Mick (pictured) and his team of six other workers are responsible for looking after all the Council-owned parks, reserves and gardens on the southern side of the City of Tea Tree Gully, including the River Torrens Linear Park.

They spend their days planting, watering and maintaining plants and trees, weeding, planning and cleaning paths.

This all means Mick’s quite handy with a pair of secateurs, a pruning saw and a chainsaw. He’s one of our resident in-house expert when it comes to pruning fruit trees.

In fact on the day we chatted to him for this story, he’d just finished pruning the 85-year-old walnut, pecan and pistachio trees on Linear Park, remnants of a historic fruit and nut orchard planted by the Wicks family more than a century ago.

Mick is a horticulturalist team leader who has worked for Council for more than 30 years and in his spare time is creating his own fruit forest at Mannum, in preparation for his retirement.

He says he loves to pass on his skills to others and makes regular appearances at Council’s Gully Gardeners – a group of keen gardeners who get together to learn new skills and to swap plant cuttings and tips.

“I’m trained in horticulture and also learned how to prune as a youngster working on fruit blocks and vineyards in the Riverland. I’ve got training and experience, so why not share it.”

Mick has even produced his own book for many years, complete with free-hand drawings, on how to prune fruit trees. He’s probably passed on hundreds of these to community members and co-workers over time, who’ve mainly heard about his book through word of mouth.  

But the book, now officially entitled the Guide to Pruning Popular Backyard Fruit Trees, is too good not to share further. It’s recently been published as an e-book and is available to download free from our website. It covers how to prune apple, apricot, cherry, citrus, peach and nectarine, pear and plum trees. Free paper versions are also available to pick up from the Civic Centre (Modbury).

From the book, you’ll learn how pruning fruit trees make them easier to pick and how to care for your pruning tools. Mick also shares his tips, techniques and secrets to pruning so you can achieve the best yields for each species.

Download the Guide to Pruning Popular Backyard Fruit Trees

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