Runts & hairy mammoths

Today, trees which remained unbudded, met the chain-saw.

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Several weeks after leaf burst, unbudded rootstock assumes one of two forms; each equally as irritating as you drive about the orchard cursing that you had not acted earlier to be rid of these eye-sores.

Runts fail to thrive. Their contorted structures from several failed budding attempts mock.

Hairy mammoths are rootstock that have been chopped back to ground level to allow one shoot to be primed for budding. The base throws up many other shoots and in leaf the original budded branch is hidden or fails.

Chain-sawing removes most traces of these budding failures.

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