[nafex] Re: summer pruning

edforest55 at hotmail.com edforest55 at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 15 11:22:31 EST 2001

I am all in favor of summer pruning to keep a tree small BUT, with 
two reservations:
FIRSTLY: loss of trace minerals, a forester once told me that most of 
the minerals are found in the buds. If you constantly prune away the 
buds and haul them off elsewhere, you are effectively mining the soil 
of minerals and trace minerals, the kind that you can't just buy in 
your average mineral supplements as they are usually major minerals. 
The perfect solution is to shred the prunings and place them back 
underneath the tree whereby you establish an excellent environment 
for growth as described previously on this webgroup under the 
heading "ramially chipped wood". 
SECONDLY: Summer pruning can increase the chance of the spread of 
disease, especially fireblight. It could be a huge mistake to prune 
under moiture, wind, temp, and insect conditions that favor the 
spread of fireblight.
I summer pruned my first standard tree last summer and am anxious to 
see how its growth will be affected next year. 
How about the rest of you?
Kevin B

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