Re: 70+ Year Old Apple Tree in Our Yard
â€¦still having problems with those deer
..? If so, Iâ€™d just trim it up around the break. Chainsawâ€™s workâ€¦ and donâ€™t bother painting or coating it with anything, the â€˜latest researchâ€™ has shown thatâ€™s unnecessary. Just figure it will likely begin sending up shoots from around the break, of which (after being tied over) will become your new limbs.
That would leave you â€˜milesâ€™ of area for (â€œinverted L
â€) bark grafting â€“ one of, if not thee
easiest grafts of all. All youâ€™d need is sound dormant scions - and enough patients to wait for the bark to fully slip.
If youâ€™d like the tree closer to earth, a slight slanting cut would be good for shedding rain; but the more the â€˜slantâ€™ the more woody surface area you'd expose to rot.
I dig nostalgia! If you liked the apples -- you may just owe that old tree some kids. Thatâ€™s an excellent
Idea of gathering scions from the â€˜obviously oldâ€™ neighborhood trees and starting a new orchard of them, Iâ€™ve never heard of that. And, European prunes
are pretty easy to attach to rootstock, too. And considering that poor growing / producing seedling â€¦ sounds like a new hole to me
Obviously, you can always park stuff on those crabs and seedlingsâ€¦ but you could also plant some nice stand-alone original treesâ€¦
Hereâ€™s a Winter Banana
photo for anyone not having seen themâ€¦ though hardly my favorite apple, if Shaun would have one, so would Iâ€¦
Just look and feel for their seam
, or â€˜parting line.â€™