But, you can see, they're already coming back.
the visible reality of many NZ olive groves at present. The horticultural reason for pruning olive trees is to maintain them within their allotted space defined by the tree spacing planted in the grove. Like all orchards, this function is to allow control over the health and productive potential of the trees/grove. Pruning Fact: Olive fruit will only grow on the wood that the tree produced last year. So pruning to stimulate new wood is the Telegraph Hill objective.
If you olive tree is in your back yard then you may have the opposite objective, so that the tree just looks beautiful and does not produce much fruit to stop the mess from the fruit (and from the birds eating them).Estimated Reading Time: 1 min.
Pruning olive trees. By Rick Coleman.
More than 50 Nelson olive growers turned out to hear Marlborough olive pruning expert Adva Webber, lead them through successful olive tree pruning methods, on a grove in Tasman recently. With many olive groves now reaching a significant age the importance of good tree design and maintenance was highlighted. “Olive trees dislike humidity so our trees need to be adapted to the Northland weather conditions” explains David.
Weeds are controlled by mowing and mulching the grass and olive prunings. Trees are pruned to maintain an optimal size for picking. “We spray the trees with seaweed fertilisers, after picking, and during the growing stumpmulching.barted Reading Time: 6 mins.
At the moment they're just reaching for the sky.
Feb 15, Pruning trees to have an open centre will also help to increase airflow, thereby reducing the disease building up in dense branches and foliage. Birds are the main pest problem with olive trees, Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins.