Shaping Trees for Different Situations

Through the use of pruning techniques, it is possible to shape your tree to a particular style or design. There are seven primary tree shapes, all have their own benefits for certain circumstances. During the growth of the tree, merely remove the unwanted branches, tie the branches needed into appropriate shape and you will be able to shape it however you want. Nevertheless, for some of the more advanced shapes, equally advanced pruning techniques are required.

Usually, if you’re trying to get your tree to a particular shape, all the tying and pruning must take place in the fall. This will encourage the shape to stick, since no fruits are produced at that point in time. Each of the different shapes is extremely beneficial in certain situations.  So, here are some different kinds of shapes to choose from.

Standard trees hardly need any description. These are the varieties that are most common, and probably what you visualize when you think of any tree. No specific shaping is needed to obtain the shape to take this form. Simply let it go and prune it as you would normally, unless you have a strangely deformed tree, it should end up being a standard tree.

It is possible to transform a standard tree into a bush tree through pruning. The branches take the same shape, however the stem or trunk of the tree is significantly shorter. This can be beneficial if you wish to grow trees, but don’t intend to obstruct the view. For example, the house has a great view of the Rocky Mountains. You didn’t intend to sacrifice this gorgeous view, so grow bush trees.

Cordons are a kind of tree that you may not be familiar with. It consists of one stem with no branches. It is grown at an angle to ensure that it arches up over the ground. All branches are removed during the course of its growth,. These are beneficial because they occupy very small amounts of space and more can be fit in a specific square foot. The only adverse aspect is that they produce smaller quantities of fruit per tree.

With a single vertical stem in the center, Espalier trees grow, several horizontal branches on each side. This enables long rows of trees, while still producing large quantities of fruit. If you run an orchard, you probably use this shape to fit as many trees as possible into the area you have.

The theory of Fan trees is same as espalier trees. However, the shape is slightly different. The same central vertical stem is used, however the connected branches are not horizontal; they grow in the same pattern as a standard tree, only they are two dimensional instead of three dimensional. They are also used to conserve space and are used instead of espalier trees for certain types of trees that do better with sloped branches.

Another kind of espalier is the step-over espalier. They resemble a regular espalier, however with just one horizontal branch extremely close to the ground. They are particularly fascinating due to the fact that they still produce delicious fruit while providing a boundary for whatever you want. Step-over trees can be used to fence of the garden. They resemble a fence that bears fruit.

cross pollinated trees or pollinated via an insect produce more fruit
cross pollinated trees or pollinated via an insect produce more fruit

As you can see, each of these shapes has its own benefits and adverse aspects as well. If any of these seem like they would be a excellent fit for your garden, you can ask your neighborhood nursery employees for guidance on reading material that will help you achieve your objectives}. Most of the time, getting the tree into the desired shape is a extremely simple process and just requires some guidance at the beginning.

Removing Old Trees

When a tree gets to the point where it is essential to bid farewell to it. It can be a painful choice to make, yet sometimes the tree gets too close to the house, gets infected, gets an incurable infestation of some pest, or grows tall or maybe gets close to a power line. If any of these things happen, its ideal to do the appropriate thing and get rid of the tree. Although you may have spent hours and hours getting the tree to where it is today, it is practically unethical to the tree to permit it to suffer in bad conditions.

Once you have actually made the choice to eliminate the tree, you need to plan its elimination. The number of windows have actually been knocked out or cars crushed because of inadequate planning in the tree elimination process are countless. Choose what direction you want it to fall and precisely measure to ensure it falls completely clear of anything else that it might possibly cause damage to.

When you have the falling direction planned, you should climb up the tree and tie two long ropes near the top. Anchor them on the opposite side of the one that you want it to fall in the direction of. This enables you to adjust the direction the tree is being lowered in, just in case it starts leaning in the direction of anything it might damage.

Get ready to begin chopping after you’ve taken all the necessary precautions . If you intend on utilizing a by hand operated saw or axe, please step back and think about how insane that is. Chopping down a tree by hand will take you forever, and will not even start to be as precise as using a chainsaw. Cutting a tree and don’t have a chainsaw, you shouldn’t even consider doing it. Look around in the neighborhood and see if anyone has one that you could borrow. If that doesn’t work, rent or buy one from your local home renovation store.

Prior to you start chopping the tree, you must wear appropriate eye and face protection in case any wood chips fly towards your eyes. Whenever you operate a power tool, always be sure to wear appropriate protection for any exposed parts of your body.

When making the cut, do not just cut a straight line into the tree. It is best to cut a laterally “V” into the tree. This is due to the fact that if you cut the straight line, the tree ends up rolling to one side or the other. The tree will fall in the exact direction that you want it to fall, If you cut in a “V”. Occasionally it may be a couple of feet off due to human error during the cutting process, however, you can line it back up with the path you wanted it to take, if you have some strong friends to pull on the ropes you tied. It shouldn’t take more than an hour for the entire process to be completed.

Removing the stump is slightly more difficult. You have several choices; you can rent a stump chipper that will entirely destroy the visible section of the stump. Or else spend many hours digging it out. Digging out the stump is a lot more comprehensive, yet takes forever. Children may help, If you have, this shouldn’t be a problem. Children usually find the idea of digging enjoyable and are excited to go outdoors and dig all day long with their friends.

Managing Barren Trees

One of the most frustrating things that can possibly happen to someone who has toiled for hours and hours in growing a fruit tree is the mysterious barrenness that can in some cases take place when there should be a plethora of fresh fruit.

If the tree is going through any kind of water stress (this can be inadequate drainage, too much water, or insufficient water), it will have difficulty growing. If you believe this is the case, you must evaluate your own watering methods and compare them with the needs of the tree to see if you are causing water stress. Additionally always watch for any type of diseases or insect damages. If your tree is constantly being molested by all sort of little creatures, you can’t expect it to be vibrant enough to produce fruit.

If your tree blossoms yet doesn’t produce any fruit, this could be due to cold temperatures during the blossom. The cold temperature damages the blossom bud or the baby fruit. Aesthetically the tree may look fine, however the inside could be damaged beyond any hope of ever seeing fruit. Unfortunately there isn’t much anyone can do in this case except for wait until next year and hope that it doesn’t happen again.

Managing the Barren Trees
Managing the Barren Trees

If the tree’s pollination process has not been fully completed, it might have difficulties growing fruit. If you planted different varieties, you may find that the demands are different than you had initially assumed and they were incompatible. So, replant the correct combinations.

So if you are struggling with a plant that is not being cooperative, you should seek advice from an expert gardener. If you can find a horticulture advisor who is willing to teach you everything they know, you should be able to get your garden on the right track with no problems.


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