After the spring rush is over, the first trees we begin pruning in the field, are our SGN Oaks. In first year Oaks, we tend to the new liners – making sure they are off to a great start with proper pruning structure. In the second & third year Oaks, we un-stake everything and let the trees “flop” around a bit. We quickly go through the “floppy Oaks” and prune growth to find the structure we want. We also look for the overall canopy proportions and make any adjustments needed. The Oaks stay off stakes for a bit so they can develop in the most healthy & natural way possible. After a few weeks, any Oak that needs a bit more support will go back on a stake. In the older blocks, we make final stake removals and pruning refinements. In the meantime, the Oaks are doing their thing by flourishing and putting on new growth. We are just trying to stay ahead of them a bit and guide the way!
For more about the varieties of Oaks we grow, check out our Photo Gallery: SGN OAKS
Also check out our blog post from last year where Jamie talks about OAK PRUNING
Although it just takes a few sentences to sum up our process in this article, it really takes quite a team of expertise and manhours in the field to accomplish the task. Our SGN Oaks are beautiful, and the extra steps and attention we take while growing them for you really shows. Here’s a few video clips highlighting Oaks in our nursery: