I have second year old tall spindles. Some of them are near the maximum
height. Most of them do not have enough lateral growth. When should I head
the tree or Shepard hook the top of the tree down with twine?

I am next to a commercial tree nursery. They Shepard hook tie down in
Spring to promote lateral growth. A few youtube videos about tall spindle
indicate to do head in mid summer if the trees are tall enough. No one has
ever talked about shepard hooking tall spindle. The literature I can find
online is silent on heading or shepard hooks.

Doug Nelson
The Bluffs
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