Monday, August 29, 2016
Late summer graft maintenance
Removing stalked buds has always been a priority of mine when training a young graft, so how I let this tree get so far out of control? The answer is simple. The tree got too tall too fast for me. I usually do all my young tree training from the ground, walking from tree to tree, pinching off stalked buds when needed. When a ladder becomes part of that equation, tree training doesn't seem to happen as often as it should.
Since I was up on the ladder, I removed all weakly attached branches with a pair of clippers.