Re: [gardeners] Re: Sunday in the garden [sic]

Carol J. Bova (
Mon, 25 Jun 2001 00:23:44 -0700

I've just been lurking and learning, so, here's my 2 cents for the day in 
the form of a situational question:

If you bought an old house that had 4 apricot trees in fair condition, too 
high with crossed limbs from not enough pruning and no shaping, and bad 
stubs left all over, etc., and those trees produced a lovely small fruit 
with a great flavor, but the squirrels got there first more than half the 
time, leaving an awful mess on the ground of fruit with one bite out of 
it,  what would you do?

The two largest are in the front and get good sun, the other two have a 
north exposure, between a 6 ft wood fence and the house (about 8 ft wide), 
so most of the fruit is above 8 ft up. The front trees fruit is larger than 
the side trees, but tastes the same.

Is it better to take out the trees and start over with semi-dwarfs in the 
same or a different location, cut them back drastically to stay within the 
yard borders, or give up on apricots altogether?

Appreciate your thoughts!
Carol J. Bova,
         Sunland, CA
         Sunset Zone 19
          USDA Zone 10

At 10:53 PM 6/24/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>There has been no gardeners mail for at least a week now. If volume 
>doesn't pick
>up soon we will disband the list for lack of interest. Come on folks we know
>you're lurking out there. Is everyone busy gardening?