Monday, February 20, 2017
Thinning more Kanza trees
For the past six years, we have been progressively thinning a three acre block of Kanza trees. This week, we removed trees within the Kanza block in areas where adjacent trees were competing for sunlight and according to our thinning plan (photo above). During this sixth year of thinning, we cut down 15 trees; the most we've removed in a single year. The original tree planting had 144 Kanza trees. After removing 15 trees this year, we'll be down to 96 trees in the orchard. The first thinning will be complete when half the trees have been removed and we are down to 72 trees in the 3 acre orchard.
Up to this point, I've been pleased with this progressive approach to orchard thinning. By taking out trees on an as-needed basis, we have been able to maintain good light penetration into the orchard while preserving high yields.