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    monkeyboy is offline Seedling
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    Default Maintaining a cherry tree - advice for newbie please

    Hi all. We moved into our first home two years ago. There were a few trees at the back and I didn't take much notice at the time, especially as they were quite short (about 1-1.5m).

    Last year, one of the trees produced cherries - red skin, yellow flesh, sweetish taste. But the birds got to them all before they were ready for harvest. This year, I used fruit tree sleeves and managed to harvest ripe cherries twice.

    1. What can I do to ensure the tree is successful again next year? I didn't do anything for the first two years.

    2. I was originally planning on covering the base of the trees with bark chips as the ground has a lot of weeds and I'm keen for a neater look. Would bark chips impair any feeds or watering of the tree?

    3. Have I completely missed the window on trimming the branches back? The tree will be far too large next year for sleeving even if I used a ladder.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    This may help you. Bit late for pruning now.
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    Do you know if they are established trees, or planted just before you moved in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bario1 View Post
    Do you know if they are established trees, or planted just before you moved in?
    Honestly don't know but I'll put some photos up over the next few days.

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    One thing to bear in mind is to only prune them as a last resort, and then only when they are growing - say June or July, this is because of the risk of disease.

    If they are going to grow in to big trees, which is possible, you can either leave them and enjoy the looks or remove them and plant more dwarfing fruit trees instead - you can't make a good big tree in to a good small tree by chopping chunks out of it.
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    Instead of pruning to reduce the height you could try Festooning! Unfortunately most of the images have been lost from the thread but the advice is still sound.
    I've done it to most of my fruit trees - now I can reach to pick and prune without needing ladders!!
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    Pruning cherries at this time is a bad idea. They are prone to virus that is more common at this time of year. The virus like cold+damp and any cut in the wood can allow it to enter.

    Not sure how to suggest getting more next year, those birds will check the tree out every day, and they can eat a lot between dawn and when you get out of bed.

    I gave up trying to get any off mine, tree is just too big to do anything to prevent very happy cherry stuffed birds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk View Post
    Not sure how to suggest getting more next year, those birds will check the tree out every day, and they can eat a lot between dawn and when you get out of bed.
    They didn't get any this year. I bought this >clicky< which stopped the birds pecking at them.

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