How to Prune for Mechanical Olive Shaker Harvesting?

Information has been provided by Barilla Contract Orchard Harvesting to provide insightful tips to achieving a successful and efficient olive harvest through pruning techniques to ensure an efficient olive harvest. Why prune olive trees? There are many reasons why you would want to incorporate a plan for pruning, here are a few reasons why; To…

When pruning with a saw why use a Straight or Curved Blade?

I’ve been working in the horticultural equipment industry and it is amazing a number of times you see the wrong tools being used for the job.  It ends up that a grower may not be comfortable using the equipment and not get the efficiency from the tool.  Today we are going to look at Pruning…

Secateurs why choose an anvil, bypass/parrot-beak or double blade type?

There are varying qualities of secateurs from budget to professional quality.  But why are there different types of blades fitted to secateurs?  Usually, the range extends from bypass (or parrot-beak type), anvil and double blade. Bypass or Parrot-beak secateurs:  as the name suggests the blade bypasses the counter blade to make a cut.  (i.e. the…

From a fallen olive tree!

Dear Amanda,  I would like some advice on saving some olive trees recently blown over a strong wind. The trees are mature i.e. ranging from 10-15 years and approx 5 to 7 meters tall. They were very shallow rooted in the rocky ground with porous gravely topsoil of approx 200mm above the clay layer, however,…