Which Scaffolds to keep on a Peach Tree

jimmy56_gwMarch 5, 2014

Here are 2 pictures of my 2-3 year old peach trees, Can someone recommend which scaffolds to keep?

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jimmy56_gw

The tree in the background is a peach tree about 5 years old, here is my other peach tree.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 1:20PM
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jimmy56_gw

Nobody has any ideas?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 8:21PM
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curtis(5)

the two lowest are too low for my liking, that lowest kinda-big one I would keep, at least for now it is hard to know directions on these, but you can keep more then you need and decide later. But you want 3 or 4. 4 is not necessarily better then 3.

Does that help? If you want more a couple more photos from other angles might help.

No problems with rabbits or deer?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 9:00PM
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alan haigh

The photo doesn't really show the size and shape of tree that well, at least not for my tired old eyes. Remove branches more than half the diameter of the trunk and leave the rest. During summer you can pinch back branches you don't want to keep to favor 3 well spaced scaffolds at the height you like. Some prefer 4

Older tree looks under juiced with too much distance without new growth on lowest scaffold. Do you mulch your peaches with a 5' diam. ring? Soil well drained?

Younger tree looks good.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 7:15AM
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jimmy56_gw

Thanks, Got rabbits all over, They really got my branches chewed up that are laying on the ground from pruning the apple trees, Went out yesterday and looks like the big peach tree in the background is dead, Young trees are about 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 feet across, I don't mulch but probably should, What would be good? Soil isn't very good, Was going to give them about 3 cups of 10-10-10 this year.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:01AM
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