We are watering trees after a long stretch of hot dry weather. Dry summers not only impact the immediate livelihood of the trees. The extra stress may lead tree buds to grow produce cones the next spring instead of branches.
Another aspect that goes into tree farming is having to pick cones off the trees in the spring. When a tree is stressed it will signal buds to produce. Ones for next spring instead of branches.
Removing cones is extremely labor intensive. A single tree may be covered in hundreds of cones!
Shearing should usually be completed during the summer months. We fell behind last summer while working on other projects. We rushed to finish trimming the trees before bud break in April.
Summer is spent managing weeds, picking cones, and shaping trees. The last three years we have had a particularly large amount of cones on our trees. the production of cones can come as a stress response from the previous season while the tree was putting on new growth. With the drought last June a lot of trees produced cones as a result this spring.
Cones take energy away from the growth of branches and leave a mess in the tree once fall has gone. So the cones need to be removed each season.
We have nice soil in wright county which means weeds grow fast as well. Much of my energy in the summer goes towards what seems an endless pursuit of weed control. Weeds slow down in most places
once things heat up in July.
Tree shearing is the whole reason I became a tree farmer in the first place. I have been shearing trees every year since I was 15 years old (21years now). Trees are sheared with long handled knives to remove The outermost buds on the tree to guide the shape and increase density.