month ago, I wrote about the importance of pruning out narrow "V" crotches to ensure that limbs don't tear out during wind storms. I guess its time to go back through the orchard again to make sure I didn't miss other narrow crotches.
bark inclusion that forms between the two halves of a narrow crotch. Under the pressure of strong winds, narrow crotch split apart and then one side ripped down the trunk for about 12 inches.
I pruned off the bent and fractured limb and I left what was left of the central leader in place. Sometime before this tree breaks bud and grows a new crop of leaves, I'll need to place a brace up in the tree to prevent the weakened central leader from breaking over. I'll attach the brace to the tree using duct tape and keep the brace in place until the central leader grows enough wood to support itself (probably 2 years for this size tree).