In the September hurricane here in NS, I had a apple tree blow over, the
yellow august type, my favorite.
It was a mature tree, 15 ft + with the help of the farm tractor we stood
it back up and braced it with 3 fence posts. The winter winds knocked it
My husband is going to saw it down, but it has buds coming on it .
Is there a way we can cut it and have it send out shoots?
The best solution is to get an apple rootstock and graft some of your
'yellow august' onto it. Sounds like it may have been semi-dwarf rootstock, so
get a rootstock to match that height, unless you want to change the size of the
resulting tree. You want to cut the 'yellow august' branches as soon as
possible, taking new growth at the ends of the
branches with at least two or three buds. Put it in the cooler of your
refrigerator until you can do the grafting. Check the web for information
on how to do grafting. It's not very complicated, but requires a little
practice to get the techniques down pat.
1. I will saw off those injure roots up to non injure part, to reduce
expose injure surface that will attack by plant disease.
2a. I will topping(saw off part of main trunk) to the first main
branch, and heading(saw off part of branch) the first main branch to
the first side branch.
2b. Or heading all main branches to their first side branch.
Topping will kill the tree sometime, heading are safter.
3. Stood it back up with some support.
Due to those fruit trees planted by my father are too tall to be
manageable, and getting old to produce fruit, I do topping to all of
them. All of them are survived and now produce a lot better fruits
both in quality and quantity.
BTW: Don't use chain saw, the cutting of chain saw are too rough.
Sorry for my bad English. <g>
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