Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time to prune

The drought last year was brutal. Thousands of trees in Central Alabama died from thirst. We spent a fortune on water bills, but we poured water to our fruit trees. We knew they wouldn't thrive, but we hoped they would survive.

The blueberries bounced back and we had a decent crop this year. The grapevine didn't make it. The peach, pear, and apple trees made it through the drought. In years past, we got bushels of both. We got one peach off the peach tree, and not a single pear or apple this year.

I plan to rent a lift and prune all the trees. There are dead limbs and deformed branches that have to go.

I'm hoping that next spring they will come back with a new lease on life. 

We picked these three years ago in October

12 comments:

  1. I hope the trees can flourish next year. It is nice to have your own produce.

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  2. Amen to Emma and I have to admit I saw the photo, did not read it and walked over and got an apple. Sorry about the crop, but I had forgotten my daily apple. Sorry but thanks anyway!

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  3. Yes, there are good harvests and bad ones and I feel bad for the people who rely on this for the livelihood. Those apples look so good.

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  4. I think those trees are storing up energy for next year.

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  5. Good luck.
    We have lost trees to drought. Heartbreaking.

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  6. Hmmm. That is a serious drought. Is Alabama prone to droughts like last years?

    Alphie

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  7. I hope next year you'll get a bumper cops.
    Hugs, Julia

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  8. I have heard that pruning is necessary for growth. In fruit trees and also in our own lives. Glad at least, you had those blueberries to enjoy ! We can't predict the weather but only do the best we can with what we've got. Day before yesterday we were in the 90's then yesterday we were in the 60's . Crazy weather here for sure.

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  9. Heres hoping the pruning goes smoothly and all of the trees bounce back next year.

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  10. Nature is resilient so i hope all your trees will again bear fruit.

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  11. I've always thought the trees do best every other year. Hope for a better crop next time. That pale of apples is perfect!
    Lisa

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  12. Better luck next year!!

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