What to do with our trees

We have two fairly large (20 foot?) trees in the garden, towards the end: a cooking apple that is still pretty prolific and a pear that blossoms beautifully, but which can’t seem to make it through to producing more than about three pears.

Two trees at the foot of a garden

Apple on the left, pear on the right

These trees were a dream come true for me – on my wishlist for a family house was a tree that we could have a treehouse in. I’m desperate to build one for the kids when they’re old enough.  For the time being, I’ve built a frame for a swing, that uses the poor old pear tree as one of its supports.

Behind the trees in the park that backs on our house we’ve a variety of trees and shrubs overhanging the garden.  Chief amongst these is a hawthorn (apparently).  This all means the end of the garden is in a lot of shadow.  On top of that, the fruit trees clearly haven’t had any TLC for some time and are in need of management.

So, we got a couple of tree surgeons round to quote and to see what they advised.  The upshot seems to be that the pear will never be productive again – it’s just too old.  The hawthorn is going to be scaled back considerably.  It can stay where it belongs in the park and stop messing with our apple’s branches.  And the apple is going to be thinned and shaped.  A day’s work for nearly £300.  Nice work, ay?  But, then again, not only do we not have the time, but I wouldn’t have a clue where to start.

What our garden looked like right at the start

I’m still new to this blogging software and I’ve got a bit confused.  Anyhow, I thought I could upload images to use later.  Maybe I can, but as I am getting confused and it’s late here’s a photo gallery of what our garden looked like when we bought.  Like I say, I’m a bit ashamed to remember how well kept it was, compared to the ragged thing we have now.

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About charlesbodsworth

I'm a dad of two, web content professional, occasional triathlete and blog about maintaining websites and, more personally, about my growing children and garden.
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