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.
BACKYARD ORCHARD CULTURE Dave Wilson Nursery
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!
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.
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.