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galwaybeginner
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 8:25 am    Post subject: Supporting floppy fruit trees Reply with quote

I have 3 apple trees and 2 pear trees. All very young, and all being slaughtered by wind.

I've put a post by each, roughly 2/3 of each trees height, tied at about half the height. But they are still bending right over above this point.

I am concerened if I tie any higher I will interfere with their growing, but if I don't do anything they will grow up all lopsided.

Any suggestions? (other than moving to a less windy area!)

Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

your stake is only there to stop the wind from causing root rock. Trees actually benefit from wind, as it stimulates root growth. If you have a very strong prevailing wind, your trees will tend to grow away from it. If your trees are young, they should spring back when the wind stops. If they don't it may be because they have spent years tied to a nursery cane, causing a weak stem.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, thanks. They do spring back.Well, they do for the 5 mins a day when the wind dies down...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:17 pm    Post subject: Windbreak Fencing net Reply with quote

U should erect fence from Windbreak Fencing net its will hold a wind its too windy here in Galway.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I actually gave up on the location they were at - figuring the fruit would be blown out of them when they get that big anyhow, so have them all over to a more sheltered side of the plot. They seem fine there - even with the mad gales the last few days.
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