Thursday, June 20, 2013
Summer pruning last year's bark graft
graft union and pruned the tree when it was still dormant. Last week it was time for summer pruning.
Like most trees that have been severely cut back for top-working, this tree was sprouting new shoots everywhere (photo at right). My goal for summer pruning is to remove unwanted shoots and to direct the growth of remaining shoots to help re-establish a strong central leader tree.
of the lower branches below the graft. I cut back these limbs both in height and length (photo at right). These cuts really helped to define the graft as the central leader of this tree.
You can follow I each step I took last year to apply this graft and to train the scion to become the tree's new top. Here's links to last year's posts.
1. Top working with a bark graft
2. Bark graft bursting
3. Training a new bark graft
4. Summer training a bark graft
5. Painting a bark graft