Tree Maintenance

Thursday, August 10th 2017

Today we ventured into the orchard by the lake to give the fruit trees there some attention.

The day was very pleasant and it felt rather like summer had returned- this did have the disadvantage of bringing out the flies in large numbers but it was nice to feel the warmth of the sun. Firstly the thistles were removed from the area, then we set to work on the tree guards. In some places the trees had grown substantially since they were planted and their branches were getting crushed by their protective guards. 

Some of the guards were removed entirely and a smaller protective spiral trunk cover used instead.

Where the guards were removed, they were taken to a new site, conveniently just through the hedge to be reused. Here the junipers were also being strangled by their own smaller tree tubes.  They will have much more space to grow in their new tubes.

Thanks to everyone who helped out today.


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