Pecan tree nursery
Georgia Pecan Nursery is a licensed live plant pecan tree nursery with 43+ years of experience in growing, designing, installing, and maintaining pecan orchards. We take pride in each and every tree we grow and we also take pride in our commitment to our customers. Learn more about our trees. For information on pecan trees sales, please contact our pecan tree nursery, today.
Viable pecan trees
If you haven’t heard the term before, hedging is when one prunes the pecan trees in their orchard so that they will grow in a bush-like shape. Many pecan farmers tend to do this so that their trees will not grow large enough to shade the other pecan trees. If the trees start to shade the other pecan-growing trees, it can result in having fewer trees with viable pecans. Originally, hedging was a practice that was primarily done in western states such as Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico; however, in recent years, hedging has grown more popular in pecan nurseries within eastern states.
After years of being implemented in pecan nurseries across the US, hedging has provided pecan farmers with a variety of benefits. To start, hedging your pecan trees can actually allow for more new growth on trees–similar to the effects pruning has on rose bushes. When there’s more new growth on pecan trees, it’s likely to result in more opportunities for pecan production. Another benefit that hedging has to pecan nurseries is their ability to prevent overcrowding. Pecan trees can grow tall, wide, and spacious, and although these are fantastic qualities, this can actually cause overcrowding in nurseries which can affect the potential growth of other pecans. In most wholesale and retail pecan nurseries, many farmers aim to have 50% sunlight across their entire orchard, but if the trees are taller than other trees and are grown freely, this can minimize the amount of sunlight certain trees get, resulting in a decline of pecan production.
Taking care of a pecan tree nursery
Many farmers swear on the hedging method because of the benefits it provides to their overall pecan production. Many farmers claim that through hedging, their trees actually live much longer and grow healthy pecans at awe-inspiring rates. With proper hedging techniques, farmers state that the pecans will grow on the top of the tree, as well as all the way down the sides. Another fantastic benefit that hedging provides to pecan nurseries is the increased levels of airflow. As stated earlier, pecan trees tend to grow tall, wide, and freely, which results in farmers having to plant them at least 30 to 45 ft away from each other. This may seem like a lot but pecan tree branches can easily crowd one another and restrict decent levels of airflow. By hedging your pecan trees properly, farmers are actually able to increase airflow. With an increase in airflow, pecan trees are actually much more viable. Although all the above-mentioned benefits of hedging are wonderful for pecan trees, probably the most important thing that hedging does is make the job of the pecan farmer much easier. Taking care of a pecan tree nursery full of tall, vibrant trees is a tough job, especially if the trees grow freely. Hedging actually makes caring for the trees much easier and much more manageable. Vast, tall trees are hard to take care of, even with tall ladders and the right tools, however, a pecan tree that’s properly hedged will yield very efficient results.