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  • Pruning the Pam way

    Posted on April 2nd, 2010 Pam 2 comments

    So I am not an expert at pruning trees and bushes. I am not an expert, I am not an expert. Did you get that?

    So I have been reading up on pruning, my nephew Kyle taught me lots and I attended a seminar, where they talked about about pruning.

    One apple tree (one? how about all !!!), was in great need of pruning, my brother-in-law, Vic pruned this tree over 10 years ago and it hasn’t been pruned since. So I thought I would take on the challenge, now that I know a little about pruning.

    So after much thought and research, I began. I learned that if a tree hasn’t been pruned for a long time, it is best to only prune 1/3 to 1/5 of the tree. So I pruned two large branches that were growing straight up, to open up the center of the tree. I trimmed about 10 other medium sized branches and 30 smaller branches. Here is a picture of the tree before pruning.  You can see how thick it is.

    Here it is after my pruning attempt. You can see it is more open, but there is still plenty to trim, but I will have to wait until next year. How does it look Kyle?

    A little story about this tree. When we first moved to Ammon, there weren’t any trees here. So my Mom and Dad planted a ‘tree row’ in the back, and shortly after planted this Whitney Crab tree in the east pasture. I estimate this tree is about 40-45 years old. About 15 years ago, the east side of the tree cracked and fell over, but that didn’t stop that large branch from blooming and having apples too. For years the branch lived like that, laying on the ground. We were afraid to trim it off for fear that if would kill the rest of the tree. That large branch was about 1/3 of the tree, so when you see the tree now, it is kind of lop-sided, it doesn’t have an east side. Anyway, over 10 years ago Vic trimmed that large branch and pruned the rest of the tree. Vic really knows how to prune trees.

    I love the taste of these apples, Mom always made applesauce from this tree. Yummy, it was the sweetest applesauce in the country…remember…?