Winter is not a time for apple growers to take long vacations to southern climates as many people seem to think. Apples are graded, packed, and marketed all winter as previously mentioned. The other major job done in the winter and early spring is pruning. Major cuts are made when the trees are dormant. Every tree should be pruned every year. Trees are pruned to renew fruiting wood, to let light into as much of the tree as possible, to encourage moderate vigor, and to maintain the tree at a convenient height and shape. The mad scramble to finish up pruning always seems to run right into the need to perform those jobs belonging to the beginning of the growing season when the cycle starts again.