Hackney Permaculture


Pruning the Plum Tree
February 16, 2009, 9:49 pm
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By the looks of things the plum tree has been in trouble for sometime. Jamie gave us some tips on pruning back in the autumn but advised us to leave it until february for the big chop.

Tree haircuts are fun… in fact anything that gives you an excuse to climb things is fun… perhaps that is what ivy is useful for… constantly regrowing so we can keep climbing back up and cut it back again…

Official advice includes pruning tree back to four main bits (boughs I think!) and generally getting rid of anything that looks unhappy. Things to look for include bark condition, branches doing funny things like doubling back on themselves or wrapping themselves around each other… etc etc…

I hope the squirrels let the tree alone this year to bear some plums.

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Claudia up the tree

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Nacho couldn't resist dropping by from next door to play with tools

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