At one time New Mexico was one of the biggest apple producing states. As a result there are many unattended orchards purchased by new home buyers. Very old orchards, trees, and specifically unique species that were designed for the mountain and desert regions have been left unattended for a very long time and need much work. Winter pruning of orchards is conducted from late February to early spring while the tree is in dormancy. This is done before budding, especially when large structural wood removal is needed, so the tree doesn't go into shock. Orchard fruit trees require a completely different approach than non-fruiting deciduous trees and conifers. Mountain Heritage has a deep relationship to the land in Northern NM and it is our goal to restore and maintain its agricultural heritage.