Dear Family & Friends
This photo was one of the quince trees in the garden taken sometime in the Spring this year. I'm not so sure if you can notice how many of the branches sprout upwards, and one of the main trunk has crossed over so badly that it is started to affect the other trunk that got crossed.
|The Quince tree before (in Spring time)|
So, we had to summer prune this tree so drastically...because everything seems to be growing the wrong way. We took a lot of courage to do this, a task we never done before...perhaps we over did it... but we hope that the pruning done will give the tree more open air circulation and a better shaped tree overall. (open air circulation?? understatement! Look at it now... there's literally nothing in the space, except a branch with few leaves and dangling 5 quince fruits! LOL!
|The quince tree, after... after the summer pruning|
There are other trees like this cherry tree that has grown so big and tall. Most of it's energy are wasted because it produces lots of cherries that is beyond our reach. Some branches are growing so close to the house windows, blocking daylight to the upper rooms too. (off with it's head!)
|the once big cherry tree|
Now, there's only one fruit tree left that needs the pruning. This is the other Quince tree. It is laden with fruits and we thought we just have to wait for a little while till we get the harvest and then, do the pruning. It has never been pruned. We need to shorten the tree because most top fruits just rots and falls to the ground as we couldn't reach them. It's either we grow tall or shorten the tree:) Perhaps some of the lower branches need to be cut back as it gets so heavy laden with fruits. By early autumn, the branch is literally dragged down to the ground..and we can only hope that it won't break!
|One other quince tree left to be pruned later this year|
This pear tree was so poorly when we first moved into this house. When we gave it a prune for two consecutive years...it started to recover. Now it looks at it's most healthiest. This year we even see a lot of fruits considering it is such a tiny tree with just a few branches to it.
|Our tiny pear tree that had benefit from pruning...it's so happy that it bear lots this year|
Some trees are so robust like this plum tree at the end of our garden. It gets so dense and packed with lots of branches and leaves. We had to open up the structure of the tree to give it more air and light circulation. It will help keep pest away and for it's future fruits to ripen properly under good sunlight.
|Another old plum trees which we pruned to take a better shape|
Now that summer fruit tree pruning has been done by my hard working husband...he is into another project. He is determined to put new gutters and paint the facade of our house. It's a lot of work which he have never done before. He learns as he goes about his job.
In this country, we realized from our experiences, that it is less painful to do it yourself than to pay workers because we always end up redoing things all over again ourselves, due to non-existence work standard, plus we get charged ridiculous fee because we're foreigners. Really frustrating... but this situation led my husband to gain a lot of wisdom and work knowledge, plus the satisfaction he gains once the work project finishes.
|Ladders up... rain gutters out, woodworks repaired and will be repainted soon..and then we'll see new gutters:)|
Wishing you a good and safe day today:)