Christmas Tree Shearing
At Unangst Tree Farms, we begin shearing in July. Proper shearing or shaping is the most important cultural practice in Christmas tree production. Shearing helps control the shape and density of the tree. Shearing usually starts 2 to 3 years after planting or as soon as the growth of the terminal leader exceeds 10-12". Corrective pruning of multiple leaders is done annually until the actual shearing for shape and density is begun. Removing double leaders is very important for proper tree shaping. If a tree has more than one leader or no leader at all we need to make a leader. This is done by choosing a leader and at times taping it into place until it takes over that position. Shearing is done by using a saje. This is a 60 pound machine which is worn on the back. It has an eight foot blade. One walks around every tree with the saje to shear is on all sides. Most tops cannot be reached with the saje; therefore, they are trimmed using long handle manual shears.
A Tree With Double Leaders. One Leader Is Taped In Place. Leader Is Trimmed.