What I plan to do is reduce the canopy of the tree. To do this and still retain the line of trees aesthetically I will have to develop a new training program for all of them.
I need to straighten the tree up as it is growing in a way that will obstruct my door soon. I have decided rather than use a trunk retainer, that may damage the delicate bark, I am going to try to lift the tree delicately through the roots to give it support. I also think I may be able to introduce air to the roots to help it suffocating when we have significant rains. If I do this to this tree successfully I may be able to do it to the others, as the ground has slowly become compacted in their raised bed.
The key to pruning this particular tree, is to take out the upright branches over the next couple of years. There are some that are 'shooters' vigourus' uprights with few leaves or shoots at their base and a lot of canopy at the top. They are like small trees by themselves. I will try rooting them as new standard trees. I have managed to root one pruning from my trees which I started a few years ago and it's doing fine.
Anyway, I can't do this right now as I don't have the right sort of tools. I need a special branch pruning tool that takes out the base of the branch, and then the special sealant that stops rain and bugs getting into the cut.
I can only take one branch at a time, and will have to wait until March to start this project. Olive trees store all their food in their leaves. If I cut their branches off now in the wet and low sun months the tree won be able to feed itself properly and will try to put up more water shoots.
I need to prepare the tree too. I need to tell it I am going to do this because I love it, and it needs special care otherwise I will lose it. Yes I talk to trees too! I just put my hand on them and we speak to each other in tree talk. I don't want to move the tree as it will shock the other trees too.
I use special fungus when I plant trees. Well all my plants. They talk to each other through the fungus. The other trees will be traumatised if I move this poor tree.
The problem with the tree is that it has grown these strong springer branches that I have not had the heart or bravery to cut. They would not be fruit bearing branches. However my trees would not bear fruit, as they do not get cold enough in winter. The Olive tree needs a prolonged period of cold weather under 10 degrees for it to fully blossom and come into fruit. Ours just doesn't get that cold, also my trees are to shaded. However they are lovely.
I bought the trees to hide my neighbours extension. They give me so much pleasure working out how to care for them in my own garden. After this very stormy weather they have lost a lot of leaves, which I think is good. They are very clever Olive trees. They respond to environmental changes immediately. The sacrificed all thes leaves to save being blown over. They are evergreens so they can't lose their canopy in the winter.
I may consider hiding a pleaching support through them as well. However I am not really happy to do this as it will rub on the trunks and may cause disease.
Anyway I have a plan! Just need to be guided through it with some divine inspiration!
God bless all your endeavours and plans. Just remember God sees us. He knows our hearts and minds. He created us in His divine image. He made us Male and Female. So in my book that means God is both Mother and Father God, and Jesus is the offspring given to us through surrogacy. To me Jesus is my pattern and inspiration. My Beautiful Older Brother.
That's because God breathed life into me. I am not just the product of my own parents genetics, but also spiritually indwelled. The Spirit of God advises me as my councillor, and prompts me. I don't know how it works, it just does. That's when you accept Jesus is the person on whom the whole of creation hinges. If he hadn't pleased God, and died and suffered. We simply would not be here.
May God bless al your endeavours richly that are inspired to care for other people, and the beautiful creation He has given to us. For God's dominion is the Heavens, but he has given the Earth to The Sons and Daughters of Men and Women.