Friday, March 20, 2009

Terrace talk - pruning the Big Olive

Time to prune the Big Tree - urgent because once the sap starts to rise up into the branches it will not go downwards to feed and develop the roots. The Professore di Olivi comes and cuts off loads of small branches and shoots. He decides to leave all the really big branches to give the tree a chance to stabilise, but he trims away one branch which got broken when the tree was lifted. Rather like going to the hairdressers, the job seems done and then .. he cuts off a whole lot more. A mountain of foliage lies all around but the tree looks happier already.

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