After harvesting olives and once the spring is coming, our olive trees need to be pruned. During these days and with the beginning of warm weather, we have started to prone our olive trees. According to a Spanish proverb: "Without too much wood, the olives will be better and more", this job is very important in this crop. We don't carry out this work every year, so in this occasion we are doing an intensive pruning as you can see in our pictures, even you can see the state of some olive trees before and after pruning. Our father is teaching us... initially, it is very difficult. We try our olives not to be too high and its treetop to be opened in the middle.
As in almost all farming jobs, the tools are fundamental and in our opinion, we have good pruning tools... we recommend them for you. In this manner, the pruning tasks are carried out quickly and comfortable. This pruning team consists on two pneumatic scissors of Italian brand called Paterlini (the big scissors for gross brands and the other scissors for thin brands), an Abac air compressor of 3HP and a generator that supplies electric energy to air compressor. The working pressure is about 8bar. These scissors don't need a big airflow so our generator doesn't work very often but it has to be on always while we are pruning.
At the end of our pruning day, we picked up brands and they were burned to keep our field cleaned. After this job, we are going to spray our olive trees, but it will be subjects for new future posts.