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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Give the Tree a Crew Cut

I get to do all sorts of work for people. As an odd example, last week I got to trim an apple tree for some of my favorite clients. I'm not sure the tree had ever been pruned.

You can see how overgrown it was from the picture. Most of the green that is visible is actually three very healthy vines that were tangled throughout the tree. Many of the upper branches had broken because of the weight of the apples. In addition, it was made up of 6-8 large trunks that were twisted all over the place.

Anyway, it was hard to know what to save. I cut out the broken pieces and the branches that were twisted into the tree as well as any that hung over the fence onto the neighbors yard. It didn't leave much.

It will take a few years of new growth to look normal after this major surgery, but in the end it will be a healthier tree that will produce plenty of fruit.


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