"Look, Mom, what I have found", apps my elder daughter. On my cell phone there is a child's drawing of at least 20 years ago. It is me on that drawing, pruning the apple trees. How sweet!
The drawing shows the situation of my garden some 20 years ago. Not that much has changed in the years gone by. The black fence, although replaced, is still there. I also still use the lopper to prune the fruit trees. And even the blackbird is still in the tree every day. However, the red overalls had to go as they were completely worn!
It seems like this drawing is a starting signal to prune the trees again. So I take my tools out of the barn. It is just the right time to prune the fruit trees. Difficult? Don’t be intimidated by a fruit tree. After all, every year you get a new chance to repair your mistakes.
Pruning fruit trees, how to go about it?
Prune all dead wood.
Cut away branches that cross each other.
Prune branches that grow down.
Next, prune the branches that grow straight up.
The middle of the apple tree must be empty. Prune any thick branches that grow in the middle of the tree.
Branches that are at a 45-degree angle must be kept for new growth. (Provided it is well placed)
Is it not boring me doing these gardening jobs each year again and again? I don’t think so.
And apparently you are not bored either to read about it every year!
Enjoy your week.
The trees, the fence, the gardener (me) and the blackbird.
The apple trees and the fence. The blackbird just flew away......
There is an awful lot of pruning to do.
I always use a lopper to prune my apple trees.
Apple blossom, oh we have to wait a little .......
.....to enjoy it.