Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Training young pecan trees: Summing up

    The goal of training a young tree is to develop a strong straight trunk. I have developed the 2 foot rule to help you achieve that goal. The results of following the 2 foot rule should be a well balanced tree with a strong central leader (photo at right). To acheive these results you will need to:
  • Maintain rapid tree growth with weed control and soil nutrition
  • Make pruning cuts from May until early August using the 2 foot rule
  • Don't be in a hurry to limb-up the tree. Leaves help create a stronger trunk.
  • Remove lower lateral limbs when they get about 1 inch in diameter