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February 23, 2021 | Vineyard | OS VINE

Pruning 2021

It's that time of year again, pruning time! Pruning for 2021 has begun and it is going well. This is an exciting time of the year even if it is hard on our hands. It's time to cut away last year's growth and look ahead to this year's!

Pruning 2021 - Looking over the vineyard.

What We Start With

Here is what the vines look like before we have pruned them.

Pruning 2021 - Vine waiting to be pruned.

As you can tell, John has already gone over them with the pre-pruner and precision pruner. Those two tools are such a big help and cut out (pun intended) a lot of our work for us.

Pruning 2021 - Collage of pictures of vines.

Now it is time for us to get in there and finish the job.

What We Finish With

The vines look so much better now. It is amazing how much wood you start out with just to cut most of it away! Now the vines are ready for this season's growth.

Pruning 2021 - A collage of pictures of neatly pruned vines.

The Process

Each arm has "spurs" and each spur has buds. We like to clip the spurs down to 2 buds. We don't count the basal bud when we count buds because the 1st and 2nd buds are more fruitful. Think of the basal bud as a "just in case" bud.

We usually leave all the spurs that we can because the more spurs you have, the more fruit you have.

Pruning 2021 - Showing the buds on a spur.

Everything that is growing out of the sides of the arm or from the bottom we cut off. We only want the spurs that are growing from the top. The top spurs help the canopy to be tall and straight for the summer.

Pruning 2021 - Collage of pictures of finished pruned vines.

Happy Pruners

The whole family gets out in the vineyard during pruning time. It is definitely a family affair. We take a break at the end of every row. Even if it is just 5 minutes, every second helps!

When we prune, we have two groups of pruners. In the first group, everyone cuts away the growth from the sides and bottoms. They also trim the arm length if it needs it.

Pruning 2021 - The crew talking while pruning.

In the second group there is just one person. That person follows the first group and cleans up behind them, cutting down to size the growth on the top of the arm.

Pruning 2021 - The last pruner aka "the cleaner".

We like to call this person "the cleaner". If the cleaner starts to fall behind, the first group helps clean up some for the cleaner so they can catch back up. The cleaner can move down the row pretty fast. Most of the time, the cleaner will use two clippers. That really speeds them up.

Almost Finished with Pruning 2021

We have almost finished pruning for 2021, a few more acres to go. We are definitely counting down the days! Of course the vineyard work doesn't stop once we finish pruning but it is definitely easier and not crunch time.

Pruning 2021 - A view down rows in the vineyard.

A pruned vineyard is such a good sight. We can not wait to be done with pruning and see what God has in store for us this year!

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