Thanks for the advice and I made the cuts. Any idea if the top would be a good candidate for an air layer? It is a lot of tree I will be chopping off and didn't know: 1. If the species air layered at all
I'll give it a try and see what happens. Thanks dudeI don't think they're easy to layer if possible, but rather than listen to people tell you not to try, I'd just grab the fattest remaining top shoot and give it a go.
Using the strongest shoot, when it's time to tame the top dominance a bit would be wise.
Test all the shoots in subsequent years.
The beauty of a "health sacrifice", is so long as the future wound isn't getting too big, and the growth isn't shading your future tree, it kinda doesn't matter if it dies, so keeping it mad healthy to do lots of experimenting is almost invited.
As you can see, I already made the cuts suggested by Sorce. I was planning on cutting at the red line eventually and turning the strong right branch into the new leader and developing that. I think this is what you are suggesting as well. I also wanted to try and air layer above it as well since there is so much tree left.....probably in stages.Hi,
Well my idea maybe a little contrived, but here it is -
1. Remove all left three branches.
2. Bend/twist up the bottom right branch as the new leader (maybe contrived,man made)
3. Strip the main trunk up to the biggest next fork(3/4 up) as use this main trunk as your sacrifice for the next 5 plus years while building the whole tree down lower.
4. While keeping the bottom new branches and new trunk line in check, you grow the sacrifice and prune only to let light in to keep the bottom well alive.
5. Also if you want a more compact lesser size trunk, use my idea, but cut/chop the trunk now.
My 5 cents, Charles