First Bill makes any large cuts needed with a chain saw. These include large broken limbs, or limbs that are too crowded. He didn't have to make too many such cuts this year, since we'd thinned the limbs well last year, and didn't have much limb breakage from storm damage or overcropping.
|I used pneumatic loppers to thin out crowded branches, and to head back vigorous new branches from last season.|
|The apple tree on the left has been pruned with pneumatic loppers, powered by the blue air compressor on the back of the tractor. Daniel Rennie is pruning off the many long, upright branches from the tree on the right.|
|Rachael Triebel does follow-up hand pruning with hand pruners, and holds long-handled loppers to use for larger cuts.|