This Malus needs a bit of pruning. For historic reasons, the growth is very lop-sided. When the tree’s in full leaf it’s difficult to make the call as to where to thin it out, though it did have a bit of a haircut in the summer to remove the straggly bits.

Now it’s bare and without the leaves it’s easier to work out where to make all the cuts. And the fruits show where the concentration of growth is. They’re mostly above where the car stands on the drive. Which means the car will soon be covered in half-eaten crab apple pulp and blackbird poop.

But it’s the wrong time to prune now. It needs to be done in the early spring, just before the new leaves appear. You know, just when there are so many competing jobs and so little time to get them all done.

But I can plan. Take my time. All it needs is a little pot of white paint and an artist’s brush. I’ll just mark rings of paint just above where I want to cut and then, in the fullness of time, I can quickly nip around the tree and, you know, nip. A quick nip.


This post is part of my “Fill the Gill Heavens Gap” series. Gill is currently vacationing in a derelict badger sett and subsisting on a diet of cheese and onion crisps and protesting (too much I wonder) that this diet is not inducing flatulence. Normal service will be resumed over at Off the Edge Gardening when the gin supplies run out.  Meanwhile you have to put up with my witterings. Tomorrow I’ll be posting something different. You may pay homage to Gill again on Thursday.

2 thoughts on “Baredom

    1. I’ve asked the same question before and it seems that the thinking for apple varieties is that if you prune in late winter, just before leaf-break, the tree is waking up nicely and the process of healing the wounds will be quicker. Pruning now in the really dormant stage leaves the pruning wounds open all through winter. But the same people also say that pruning now is better than pruning in the summer. I guess it’s a case of the best time to prune more than the only time to prune.

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