Pruning avocado trees to keep them small

Pruning avocado trees to keep them small

I think of my Hass avocado tree as small even though it is far bigger than the newly planted trees above. As I looked at my Hass last week, it stood 17 feet tall. It was time to prune. I prune it every year in order to keep it down to 15 feet. This post is about...
The Lamb/Hass avocado tree: a profile

The Lamb/Hass avocado tree: a profile

In 2013, I planted a Lamb/Hass avocado tree because its fruit was said to be ready for harvest in summer. I didn’t know much else about the variety, and I’d never tasted its fruit (knowingly). During the past five or six years I’ve learned a lot more about Lamb...
Where to cut a branch on a deciduous fruit tree

Where to cut a branch on a deciduous fruit tree

While family was visiting for Christmas I invited my niece to prune a fruit tree with me. Is pruning your fruit trees a little intimidating? What to cut? Where to cut? You can’t reverse it after you’ve cut. There can be a lot to think about when a deciduous fruit tree...
Protecting avocado trees from cold

Protecting avocado trees from cold

My attitude toward protecting avocado trees during winter cold snaps has evolved. I once lived close to the beach where I never thought about protecting my avocados in winter. Then I moved inland and watched the temperatures dive at night but shrugged at first, “Well,...

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