Posts Tagged ‘trees’

OPAL Tree Health Survey

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender May 9, 2013 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment

A slightly different blog from me today…..In my day job, I’m lucky enough to work for a project called the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project which is run by the Natural History Museum and Imperial College London. OPAL is a ‘citizen science’ project, which aims to get people outdoors and involved in scientific research. So this got me thinking that OPAL might be a project that the keen gardeners of Seed Parade might be interested in getting involved with! We launched our national tree health survey today and this runs from May to September when trees are in leaf. As trees are so important for bringing nature into urban areas and providing food and habitats for wildlife, I thought this might appeal to my fellow gardeners out there! The survey takes about 30 minutes to

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Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender August 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

The pruning of fruit trees in summer is often overlooked, but it is an important part of fruit tree maintenance. It reduces the height and width of the tree, keeping the growth under control and on apples and pears, encourages the development of short flowering shoots called spurs. Plums, gages and cherries should only be pruned in summer, because if they are pruned in winter a disease called silver leaf can enter the pruning wounds, and can kill the tree. Apples and Pears:  Most of the apple and pear trees we grow are spur forming, they flower and fruit on short shoots called spurs that form along the branches. They fruit on older wood made in previous years. In summer prune only the current seasons growth, this is the new growth made this year. It will be shiny, bright and pliable, a

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