My husband and I just purchased a 5 acre property in southwest France. The previous owners were obviously in love with pine and cedars. Many of them are planted too close together on the east or south side of the property, and as such shade each other, shade either the south side of our house or prime flat gardening space. My impulse is to cut most of them down...what a shame to cut down a tree,, even a cedar.
Mostly I want to cut down the huge cedars that shade the house on the south side of the house, right on the spot we probably with place the greenhouse.Also, along two driveways/small roads along two side of our property lined with several kids of pines/cedars, we are thinking of thinning them out considerably, leaving only about So suggestions, caveats, and so on before we reach for a chainsaw would be appreciated.
We have a long neglected English walnut tree (I am pretty sure that is what it is) but I am not 100% sure as there are no nuts on it this year. I speculate that it might be a combination of a rather large ivy growing all over it, a late frost this spring, and being planted in the shade of two trees blocking out some morning sun. Is that possible? In any event we have removed the ivy, thinned out the two shading trees ( we will cut down eventually) and pruned most of the dead branches. I really would like to bring this tree back to full health but do not really know how. I would appreciate advice/pointing me in the right direction.
What is the best resource for pruning fruit trees? We have 3 cherry, a prune, a pear and a few unknown as they have no fruit this year.
Any sage advice on any of my issues appreciated. Thanks for your time in answering!