Harsh Pruning

This is the tree before pruning……..

  ……and this is the tree after

It’s very harsh but in this particular case was necessary. I wouldn’t normally advocate pruning a tree like this but sometimes it’s the best option.

This tree didn’t have any formative pruning carried out. As a result it was growing in one plane (rather like a fan) and was difficult to mow around.

Pruning a tree in sucha manner is fine as long as the pruning is followed up properly over the following 3-4 years.

During the next growing season the tree will put out a mass of growth, which will need reducing to 3-5 stems in late summer.

Those stems will then need pruning in the winter to create a new framework. This process will need to be repeated until a new head is formed.

I’ll keep track of the progress of this tree in order to show the pruning process.

Rabbit Damage

This image shows an apple tree deep in snow.

The snow is so deep that the rabbits can now gain access to the bark above the spiral guard and as a result the bark has been stripped all the way around the tree.

I have tried trapping the rabbit (there seems to be only one in the garden!) to no avail.

I’ve been using a standard live trap, baiting it with carrots, celery, lettuce leaves, christmas cake and ginger biscuits!! (Not all at the same time!!)

Somebody old me rabbits are partial to aniseed. I’ll try that in the trap next.

If anyone has any tips for trapping I’d be grateful to hear them. I’m looking forward to eating a rabbit curry!

This tree in my hedge line will now need replacing.