I went out with Matt today to do a little pruning on our youngest hazelnut trees. I say a “little” pruning because I only made it about four trees before I realized that I was no where near dressed with enough clothes on for a 33 degree wind chill. But what we were able to accomplish was some consensus on what we were going for, once it warms up or I get more layers on, we will be able to get the job done.
Trees, especially hazelnut trees (which are naturally more bush than tree) take a lot of work get looking just right. We were working today on making sure that the crotch of the tree has the correct angles for the most support system to hold up the branches and the weight of nuts. Also we were looking at branches coming up through the middle. Light in a tree is a very important factor. And then just the overall shape of the tree, are there branches going just one direction or in all directions? How tall is the tree and all of the leaders? Lots of questions…
And since every tree and the way every person looks at a tree is all very different, it’s important to get try to start on the same page, where you end up will probably be all over the board (haha!), but starting out on the same page is good!
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I feel for you. The weather is affecting Winter Ag Fest too. Realized it’s supposed to be 25 degrees tomorrow morning at Rickreall so quick ordered two huge portable diesel heaters ( over $700) to keep building C warm enough to keep all the Antique Powerland, the NW G Train folks, Polk Farm Bureau and the kids comfortable.
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