A Struggling Tree…?

In a garden recently, this tree caught my attention. It looks fine..? It isn’t really… somewhere in the middle of all those bare leafed branches a problem exists.

The suckers were coming up from the base, being that it’s a grafted tree and they were really starting to compete with the tree.

Outside of that when they and the weeds were removed, something else was discovered… uncovered?

Of the two main leaders [tallest stems] one was bulging below and above and old tree strap, growing around it and it growing into it – and the tree stake was also embedded…. surgery was required.

With an extremely sharp, petite pruning saw I set to work, gently…

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very gently….

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The tree will be fine as a by the way. The general rule in gardening is always that prevention is better than cure. With that in mind, a quick walk around the garden, a little inspection with a shake and a rattle so to speak usually does the job.

If a little amputation is required… remember the ‘measure twice cut once rule’ – you can’t sellotape the branches back on  ie. once they are removed – they are removed. After that if you must, I generally like to give the tree a little spoon of [their] sugar in the form of tree fertiliser to soften the blow.

4 replies
  1. Philip
    Philip says:

    This tree is a metaphor for Ireland as it is today and what needs to be done to it. Right now, the guys yielding the pruners in the human world do not understand “gently”. I’d say that tree back in 1996 (before the boom lit) was a nice well behaved single stem with lots of promise and potential for growth. And we invested in the props and support so success would be assured. 15 years later, it bears little fruit. It is nothing but a wasteland of unwanted and diseased branches. Quangos of suckers have taken over the mantle of main supports – hiding the bindings and preventing any real possibility of reform. The tree was growing vigorously and so no one cared. The tree was too busy pushing out branches and suckers all over the place. But the other trees in the garden were looking much better. This fella was being neglected. The lawnmower of foreign direct investment did not come its way that much these days and it was starting to develop a gnarled greedy look of a woody weed – taking everything and giving nothing back. Come the inevitable garden revamp and the ensuing crisis of mass prunings, was it time for the chop? It seems Peter stepped in to save the day

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Philip,

    did you ever consider the following

    1] poetry
    3] george lees job
    4]ryan tubridy’s job [the saturday night gig]
    5]talking to people [espesially george lee] to cheer them up [after listening to George Lee]
    6] see number 1 – multiply x 100 – add a little of number 2 and put it in a book

    …..i could go on for hours here. Honestly that is the finest ode to a tree i have ever read. In fact I think i’ll make a post out of it. In fact its my blog… I will… 😆

    Thanks for the smile mate
    appreciated, sincerely

  3. Philip
    Philip says:

    Like many of the plants that need tending, my comments can get a bit leggy and woody. But I’d bask in any praise forthcoming.

    In many ways, a garden is really like an economy with plants/countries that share a common earth each competing or cooperating at different levels. I’m sure the analogy may have been explored formally. An appreciation of the art of landscaping/ gardening illustrates all too well the issues relating to over fertilization/ watering, over planting, leggy growth, branch rot, fungus, pests you name it. People close to a garden and plants can only become more sensitized to the comedy emanating from our local aspirants to political fame. Yup,like your average annual, they are all jumping up and down in the garden center showing off their best foliage.

    Poor Lee…well look at it from his point of view. I’d be whinging a lot if I knew that one day I would need to grasp nettle at the top of the dung heap.

    And as for our greenies, their posters may indeed not turn out to be recyclable after all. But they are – let them not forget it.

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