Pruning, pollarding advice on videos

New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust releases series of “how-to” videos looking at poplar pruning and willow pollarding.

New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust releases series of “how-to” videos looking at poplar pruning and willow pollarding.

SAFETY FIRST: "How to" videos produced on the most effective pruning and pollarding techniques for willows and poplars emphasise "safety first" when it comes to the work. "Be methodical and steady." File picture

A SECOND series of “how-to” videos looking at poplar pruning and willow pollarding has been released by the New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust.

The videos are available on www.poplarandwillow.org.nz.

“The videos are generic so they can be applicable to farmers anywhere in the country,” said trust general manager Ian McIvor.

“We hope regional councils, nurseries and farmers will share the video links to help pass on the knowledge.”

The footage was shot in Hawke’s Bay and presented by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council land management advisor Peter Manson.

The first two videos cover form pruning poplars, particularly with respect to double leaders, and high pruning poplars.

“A single stem tree is a healthy tree. It will live longer and stay intact,” Mr Manson said.

“Pruning allows for better pasture growth along the base of the tree and reducing stock camps there as well. It also leaves a straight stem that could one day be turned into a millable log.”

The high-pruning video also advises how to make clean cuts and how much green crown to leave.

The video concentrating on pollarding willows from a ladder has been fronted by Wairoa farmer Dave Read.

“He has been pollarding willows on Waiau Station for 15 years for fodder in droughts, erosion control and shade.”

In the fourth video, experienced farm forester Trevor Ennor and his father Rob Ennor from Ranui Farm Park in Central Hawke’s Bay demonstrate how they pollard their willows from a tractor-mounted box platform

“The two pollarding approaches provide options for pollarding willows growing on flat land, gentle slopes or steeper slopes,” Mr Manson said.

Safety first is a big message, especially with heights and chainsaws involved.

“Be methodical and steady. The key message is not to rush,” he said.

For more information contact Ian McIvor on (06) 953 7673, (021) 226 8673 or email ian.mcivor@plantandfood.co.nz.

A SECOND series of “how-to” videos looking at poplar pruning and willow pollarding has been released by the New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust.

The videos are available on www.poplarandwillow.org.nz.

“The videos are generic so they can be applicable to farmers anywhere in the country,” said trust general manager Ian McIvor.

“We hope regional councils, nurseries and farmers will share the video links to help pass on the knowledge.”

The footage was shot in Hawke’s Bay and presented by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council land management advisor Peter Manson.

The first two videos cover form pruning poplars, particularly with respect to double leaders, and high pruning poplars.

“A single stem tree is a healthy tree. It will live longer and stay intact,” Mr Manson said.

“Pruning allows for better pasture growth along the base of the tree and reducing stock camps there as well. It also leaves a straight stem that could one day be turned into a millable log.”

The high-pruning video also advises how to make clean cuts and how much green crown to leave.

The video concentrating on pollarding willows from a ladder has been fronted by Wairoa farmer Dave Read.

“He has been pollarding willows on Waiau Station for 15 years for fodder in droughts, erosion control and shade.”

In the fourth video, experienced farm forester Trevor Ennor and his father Rob Ennor from Ranui Farm Park in Central Hawke’s Bay demonstrate how they pollard their willows from a tractor-mounted box platform

“The two pollarding approaches provide options for pollarding willows growing on flat land, gentle slopes or steeper slopes,” Mr Manson said.

Safety first is a big message, especially with heights and chainsaws involved.

“Be methodical and steady. The key message is not to rush,” he said.

For more information contact Ian McIvor on (06) 953 7673, (021) 226 8673 or email ian.mcivor@plantandfood.co.nz.

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