[NAFEX] Re: Notching
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Mon Dec 20 10:00:05 EST 2004
I have used notching to force buds very successfully. I tend to do it in
early spring, say late April around here (Vermont). I use my hand pruners
and press the sharp blade into the cambium just above the bud I want to
force, rocking gently. I generally do this on trees in the ground in their
second or third year to promote the branching I want. Typically the
caliper of the leader into which I'm notching is <3/4".
As for notching to devigorate trees, I have not done it but I have done
some trunk ringing. This seems to work well when done during bloom. I
make two overlapping cuts, neither completely around the trunk. The cuts
are made with my hand saw and are located just below the first
branches. It would be good to follow up with removal of any suckers that
may form below the cuts. See this site for more:
>Does anyone know of any science or had personal experience that it works?
>That is a notch cut above a bud will cause that bud to grow out or a notch
>below a branch will reduce the vigor of that branch. Does it work on both
>old and new wood? What time of the year would it be done? I can find
>information on the internet on how to do it, but nothing beyond that.
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