We learned that before you start pruning you need to look at the tree. What properties are you pruning it for? Shape, for example a vase shape (our choice)? Do you want to maximise your crop this year or in future years? Do you want to restrict poaching of fruit – hence pruning the lower branches, so the fruit is more difficult to get to? Another reason for pruning is to maintain the health of the tree. We cut any branches that look diseased or attacked by bugs, and also maximise air flow and avoid future rubbing of branches on others. Tools needed include sharp secateurs, pruning saw and long loppers. OH&S issues to consider include making sure the ladder is on stable ground, making sure no one is in your 'kill-zone'! and wearing gloves to ensure you don't cut yourself.
|After identifying the collar we start pruning with an undercut.|
|Then cut from above.|
|Stringing up the arch to support the plants.|
|Weeding the North bed|
|Turning the soil|
|Busy holding a fork and drinkin'|
|Bed looking lush|