Monday, 9 July 2012

Rescuing the blown down trees - the photos I promised

An eleven year old pickling olive (Californian Queen) blown over after a wild June storm.  Half its roots are still in the ground which makes me hopeful we can save it.

Simon the gardener took a chain saw to the foliage, leaving only a skeleton.

The tree is hoisted back into a near vertical position, and tied with a restraining rope though without its superstructure it is unlikely to blow over again.

The soil gets filled in around the roots and we give it a good soak. (Fortunately also we have had heavy rain since doing this, which will help with the root establishment.)

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