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Bill Weible

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since Mar 25, 2017
Zone 5
Northern Somerset Co. in PA
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Recent posts by Bill Weible

So large tooth, medium or fine....if you could only buy one which would it be?  Or which is best for most pruning cuts one would make?

Michael, don't worry about spending my money....it's not really mine anyway, in the end. And I have a hard enough time spending it myself!  
4 months ago
I've got some pictures here of my 3 year-old apple.  In each picture I pose what I'm thinking of doing.  This will be a central leader tree, but for now I'm just concentrating (pretty much) on my initial 3 scaffold branches. The questions pertain to them only.  I may be posting more questions later on.   Let me know what you think, please.  Thanks, Bill  
4 months ago
So when you use your Silky, how many stokes do you think it takes to cut a 1 1/2 inch branch...does it fly through it?  I was just using my "el cheapo" saw from harbor freight and it took longer than it should have.  But what do you want for 5 bucks?  I actually had to stop part way through! And, even at 66, I'm not in that bad of shape!  
4 months ago
So far everyone I've heard from likes the Silky, but for less than 100 cuts a year is the expense (25 bucks or more.) worth it?   Is there a 2nd choice?  Or is the Silky just that much better?
4 months ago
Hello, I am back with a hopefully simple question...what is the best short blade (10 inches or less) pruning saw?  Especially the folding kind.  I will be doing a limited amount of pruning.    I will have more pruning questions and new pictures before too long.  Thanks, Bill
5 months ago
Again thanks to all for the suggestions...I was going to use old pantyhose from my wife with stakes but wonder how the high winds, gusts of 40 - 60mph we now have in our area (all new in the last 10 years) might cause damage to he limbs.   I like the water bottle idea but might wait for a little more sap flow before tying any just yet.  We all agree the short tine of the fork needs to go.  I'll keep posting as things progress.
1 year ago
Thanks for the information...lots to consider.  I did snip off the smallest of the lower branches before viewing these posts, but what's done is done.  What is the best material to use to tie down the branches?  Can a branch be trained to "bend" left or right to give the plane of the scaffold a better balance (more even spacing around the trunk)?  I'm going to look for videos of pruning for a modified central leader.   And will search for DWN  Also need to review bench cutting.  Thanks for the advice!  In the background I have other grafts coming.  This is a tree from my family homestead (carved out of my grandfather's farm) that we are trying to save.  We think it is a Red Astrachan.   But my Dad always called it the "Cow shit tree"...cow took a shit and the tree grew.  It was pasture land when he was a boy.   Fruit comes in late in July or early August...sweet and tart.   Now my cousin's want me to try and graft a St. Lawrence and Maiden Blush from their homestead!  
1 year ago
I know it's a busy time, but if you have a few minutes I need some thoughts on pruning.  Here are 5 pics. from different views.  This is a 2 year old Red Astrachan (we think) and being naïve I didn't think I should prune before now…what do I know.  It has some bottom branches for the first scaffold, but then it has a long central leader with no branches before it "splits" at the top.  So to train/prune this tree what suggestions do you have...or maybe a good website video?  But I've watched a number of videos and there seems to be several options.
1 year ago
How 'bout this question?  In the picture attached I've marked where the graft was made.  How close to the graft should I plant the tree?   Does it have to be at the ground line or can I bury the rootstock "trunk" deeper into the ground?   Thanks, Bill  
1 year ago
So once the T-bud graft is completed, what aftercare is required?  Should I keep it out of the sun?  Or should it be set out in a protected area?   Should I avoid having it in the rain?  Outside but covered?  And is there any way I can tell before spring if it's been successful?   Thanks, Bill
1 year ago