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steve4polly
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:33 am    Post subject: Fruit Trees Reply with quote

Hi could someone tell me when is the best time of the year to prune fruit trees. Many thanks, Steve.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can prune but not to much anytime of the year , but certainly with Lemons it should be done in February when you can be more vigorous , as this is the time when the tree's are dormant , before the sping growth.
Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When pruning at any time during the year , just "Trim" the tree so it appears totally uniform in shape cutting off any long upright branches , obviously don't cut any fruit bearing branches , in February you can give the tree a major cut back , but UP to say 1/3 off any branches , always make sure you keep the middle / centre of the tree clear of growth , this ensures sun and air can circulate throughout which keeps down pests etc , at any time of the year remove any low suckers which will sprout from the main trunk at low level.
Try and keep the tree at a height which is manageable at all times , feed 2/3 times a year , spring , early summer and again in late summer.
Also spray regular with insecticide , say every 2 weeks , I use a product called "Dovinex 10" which is a general purpose insecticide.
Hope that helps ??
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Olive tree. Reply with quote

Hi Mike,What do you know about Olive trees ? I have a very old,very big olive tree,which needs drastic action.Do I cut down the height,its about 8/10 foot tall.It is also very bushy.I dont want to damage it,as it has been there long before us ! Thanks, Di
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ,
Sorry for delay in replying but been in the UK , I'm afraid I know very little about olive trees , perhaps somebody else on the forum can give some good advise ??????????
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