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Tree grafting is a widely used horticultural technique that has been practised for fruit tree propagation for centuries. It involves joining together tissues of two different plants to function as a single plant. The plants must be similar enough that the connecting tree won’t be rejected. Generally speaking, most fruit trees are compatible within their species, but many are also compatible within their genus. For instance, grafting an orange onto a lemon rootstock works because they both belong to the genus citrus. Let’s explore the various reasons why you would want to graft, how to graft and some handy tools to use in the process.

There is often a lot of time, money and effort dedicated to planting tubestock, with the hope they will quickly grow into strong, healthy trees. However, these young trees are prone to a variety of harsh elements that can result in premature death. These include the sun's harsh UV rays, herbicide spray drift, animal grazing, machinery damage, wind damage and accidental treading. The list simply goes on, and as a result, seedlings need a protective barrier to ensure they grow into strong and healthy trees. Tree guards are an easy solution and provide the necessary protection. They are highly effective at increasing the growth and survival rate of young trees. With several types of tree guards available at Forestry Tools, let's explore the benefits and limitations of three common options.
In the forest, vines are free to choose how they would like to spread out their wings. They can twist, turn, decide which direction to go and how high they would like to grow. However, in the vineyard, they have to play by our rules - for very good reason. As much as we would like the vines to look natural, we have to prune our vineyard to provide the best chance for a fruitful and quality harvest. There are many elements that dictate how, when and which method to prune your vines. Read on to learn more about pruning, why we do it and some quality tools that you need for the job.