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This is the most thorough and easy to follow information I've personally found re multi-planting fruit trees and then keeping them at the right height in a backyard.


He is in America so the months referred to need to be changed for our climate.

You can choose a printable version of this information on the site also. Very good of him to share!

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Thanks for finding this Lissa :-)

Someone else found it....I re-found it ;)

It was actually very handy.  It told me to stop being afraid and just hack the buggers back. 

I was talking to someone about just that yesterday. I think we're so afraid sometimes that we're going to "do the wrong thing" that we do nothing. Better just to get in there and cut!

I watched a guy (on video) trimming his avo with a chainsaw. No delicacy there.

Fantastic information! Thank you Lissa.

Too late for us and our orchard as the trees are already fully grown.  Our newly planted citrus tho will be kept pruned for size as they fill a terraced area that requires walking space in between.

Some mature trees will take hard pruning though - guava, mango, custard apple, will grow back in time - but our stone fruit didn't like the necessary hard prune we gave it after that huge storm cell of a few years ago.  None but one have fruited since.

My trees planted years ago are also full size, nothing I can do. If we cut them back now they just grow back to the size they were.

While I would hate to leave my mature fruiting trees here (you wait so long for them to reach that point), there's a chance it may happen one day and I could start over again with a better idea of what I'm doing.


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