I have 3 new fruit trees - they are small enough to whip about in the wind.
I would like to push several of the branches down slightly and train them grow out rather than up. Since each branch on two of the trees is a unique (to the tree) variety, trimming isn't an option.
I would normally think to tie twine around the branch and anchor the twine to the cage/ground. However, since the trees still move around quite a bit in the breeze I don't want the tree to go in one direction and the branch remain stationary - ie rip the branch off or crack/tear it.
Can someone suggest a source for a tree spreader which works for young trees or a technique to use which won't result in the branch being either too stressed or torn off?