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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:59 pm    Post subject: Tree shape Reply with quote

Hi, I have a Cotoneaster tree growing about 4 years and doing well until the cows attacked it. As you can see from the photo they are the rights side of it, so wondering do I cut it back on the left to help keep its shape?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it depends if you have a symetrical mind or an asymetrical one, really.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The big question is - are the cows going to keep attacking it?

Some years back we had to move a row of young trees that we had planted for someone, when their neighbouring farmer moved his young cows into the adjoining field. Wish we'd known that BEFORE we planted them!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point Sue, the farmer has only started to put cows into this field so best speak with him and move the trees back a bit if he plans to keep cows each year in the field.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you not put a fence around it?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a fence but I planted the tree right beside it not thinking about cows in the field. 2 options I have is to move the tree or extend the fence so cows can't reach the tree.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's surprising how far a cow can reach! The trees we planted were not against the fence, but 3'-4' away.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue, are you sure they weren't giraffes 😂
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant to say extending it. Like they do in horse fields. Enclosing the tree.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: Tree shape Reply with quote

Brendankearns wrote:
Hi, I have a Cotoneaster tree growing about 4 years and doing well until the cows attacked it. As you can see from the photo they are the rights side of it, so wondering do I cut it back on the left to help keep its shape?


You could shorten the left side limb some.

My choice would be two sturdy stakes on each side, then pull it over toward a stake to remove the lean. Then it just needs to stay in that position for one year and possibly through a second spring. That forms a cast of wood in a new shape, then remove the stakes. That's what wire does to shape bonsai but it can be done with staking too.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good call. Thank you
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