Category Archives: New Tree Care

What you get with Birkemeier Farms …

When purchasing trees from Birkemeier Farms, Inc, you get more than just great filbert trees. We have the advantage of experience from the prospective of a grower, nurseryman and processor. Let me briefly explain. Rich has been active in the … Continue reading

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Grower’s Forum

For the last 2 years, Rich, Ben Mitchell and the group at Willamette Filbert Growers, have presented a New Grower’s Planting Forum. We have held our meeting at the Willamette Hazelnut Growers processing facility in Newberg, Oregon, in November. This … Continue reading

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Deer in the Filbert Orchard

Beautiful, graceful, Deer.  Love to see them, but…… Deer and young filbert trees do not go well together.  Deer love the tender young shoots of the new trees. About this time of year, they step out of the woods, with … Continue reading

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Pruning first year trees

After the first year in the field, it is absolutely essential to prune your new filbert tree.  The objective is to establish the scaffold framework that will determine the permanent shape of the tree for years to come.  Even though … Continue reading

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How to prune young hazelnut trees for optimal growth

Young hazelnut trees require yearly pruning in the orchard.  It’s crucial to prune new trees to establish the scaffold structure that will end up being the framework of your adult tree. When a tree is planted we remove all side branching, reducing the hazelnut … Continue reading

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Pruning yearling hazelnut trees

It’s hard to prune trees. Not difficult – just hard. I just pruned a couple of ancient apple trees behind my Grandpa’s house last month, and I felt like I butchered them.  So I understand. But the fact is, when … Continue reading

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How to plant a potted hazelnut tree

Today I took a video of Rich planting a new potted hazelnut tree into our orchard. Some notes: A planting shovel is thinner and sharper than a standard spade or construction shovel. Planting shovels also have a flat end rather … Continue reading

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