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Friday, February 21, 2014

Pruning the Plum Tree

Hullo!! Today I am going to learn how to prune our beary overgrown plum tree! That's it down below... It is a beary sad plum tree with some big old dead branches and some young growth. It does make the tastiest plums in the whole wide world so we are going to give it a new lease on life... we hope.

First... you need to get your tools together. Mama had a buddy from out of town who brought his chainsaw... and a pair of loppers. Alas, the chainsaw did not work so it was down to the loppers, the pruning saw and some clippers. Mama was the tree monkey so she has beary sorry arms right now.

 With all the branches coming off the tree, somebody had to cut them up into smaller pieces (for our outdoor firepit of course)!

That took several days and since the buddy took his loppers back home with him... we bought our own pair. They are THE coolest thing ever. At least according to the humans. They are a bit too big for me to wield with any sort of precision! But we have numerous piles of twiglets around the yard and a hefty pile of branches. Now if we only had the firepit built.

This is what the tree looks like now... at least part of it. I know it looks scary but apparently it has to look worse before it can look better. Next project... the pear tree.

4 comments:

  1. Sandy it's nice of you to help your humans out. I bet they appreciated you helping trim the smaller branches..Those loppers are a great tool, I ordered some on amazon and can't wait to get them and start trimming our trees and roses. I hope they come soon.

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    1. Those loppers are AMAZING! And these ones have extendable handles which means you can reach higher... which is important when you are as short as I am!

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  2. Save some of the longer and think branches Sandy... they would be excellent sticks to stick a marshmallow on and to toast the marshmallows in the heat of the fire pit. Ben has heard about this thing called smores, but he has never tried it.

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    1. Oh yes... I am dancing from one foot to the other wondering when we are going to get the fire pit set up... Smores... I've heard of them too but never tried them - I think they are messy... but they have chocolate too which is good!

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