suggestions sought for pruning young, struggling orchard
I'm helping in a school orchard, and many of the donated trees were in pretty rough condition when planted last winter: overgrown, poorly shaped etc
I would have headed them back when planting, but the er, brutality of reducing a 'tree' to a 'stick' could well have created major dramas, and they were planted as-is.
We've had an extremely dry summer, and while the trees have survived, many of their branches have partially died off.
I'd like to head them back, and either take off ALL the branches since there's no decent scaffold branches, and choose scaffolds from new growth.
OR I could prune branches that have partially died back to a strong upward-facing bud to create scaffolds?
I'm in New Zealand, and it's supposed to be autumn, but it doesn't seem to be coming this year!
This post was edited by feijoas on Sat, Mar 30, 13 at 4:31