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A visual aide for pruning fruit trees at planting. Proper pruning makes for a stronger central leader (the trunk) and stronger scaffolding (side branches). And, on semi-dwarf and dwarf fruit trees, pruning leads to earlier production.

What is #grafting? #horticulture

What is grafting? Joining 2 compatible plant parts, usually scion (branch) and rootstock. It is useful for creating dwarf fruit trees, growing on disease resistant or hardier rootstock, or on roots better adapted to your soil conditions.

Living Fences

Building a Living Fence: Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera), also called hedge apple or horse apple. For an incredibly tough, enduring windbreak that’s a major player in a local ecology, probably nothing surpasses Osage orange.