Lucerne Trees love to be pruned!
Pruned trees bounce back within 50 days! New growth is lush, abundant and nutritious.
Why & when to prune ~
- Prune lightly when the tree is young, even while in their potting bags at about 40cm, to encourage side shoots and branches from the bottom.
- Cut all the tall branches above 1-meter height to keep the tree short for optimal grazing for sheep or cattle.
- Remove all the tall & spindly branches.
- Shape the tree into a small, compact bush.
- Pruning causes the stem and side branches to increase in thickness, which increases the carrying capacity for foliage.
- All cuttings are food!
- These cuttings should be processed into silage or chipped and fed green or dry to any livestock. This is your best food-producing method in lucerne tree farming.
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