Bulletin - West Virginia. Agricultural Experiment Station, Morgantown Volume 111-124

Bulletin - West Virginia. Agricultural Experiment Station, Morgantown Volume 111-124

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...A wound made by removing a limb heals best if the cut is made close to the trunk or branch. A stub two or three inches long does not heal, and becomes a lodging place for spores of fungi and bacteria which cause decay and death of the tree. The splitting down of large limbs may often be avoided when pruning by sawing in from the under side first; but, in every case, see that the wound is left clean and smooth. Wounds should also be covered immediately with a coat of paint, shellac or grafting wax, to keep out the moisture anJ. spores before mentioned. Nothing is better for this purpose than pure white lead and linseed oil. The whole philosophy of the pruning of plants rests upon the fact that the various parts are unlike; that each branch is, in a measure, independent and capable of becoming a new individual; that by lessening the conflict between the parts, the growth of the whole is promoted. Pruning is a necessity, and the pruning given by Nature, in a neglected orchard or forest, is more severe than the average man would dare to attempt. It is often urged that pruning should be commenced when the tree is planted, and continued annually throughout the life of the tree. It is doubtful, however, whether equally good results may not be obtained by removing superfluous branches at four or five years of age, rather than by severe pruning very early in the life time of the tree. In other words, it is contended by some that it is better to permit the root system to become thoroughly established before disturbing the top. This question is under consideration at the Experiment Station at the present time. WHY PRUNING IS IMPORTANT It is astonishing to find how little the average orehardist thinks, when pruning his trees, of the actual problems...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927869
  • 9781236927866