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BY Jarrod Stephens on Dec. 31, 2016
 

Grafting Fruit Trees

A trip down memory lane for many outdoorsmen will lead to some great times beneath one of grandfather’s apple trees. Not only did grandfather’s apple tree draw kids like ants to sugar, but it also brought out the deer and other wildlife to enjoy the smorgasbord. It is no secret that apples on the ground are a magnet for deer and particularly bucks near the end of summer and into fall when much of the natural vegetation is getting tough. The overall drawing power of a mast tree makes it a logical addition to any gamekeeper’s repertoire of feeding options for local wildlife. If fruit trees are in your plans you can create your own for a fraction of the price by grafting.

Tree grafting is a procedure where you take a piece of an existing tree (scion) and attach it to a receptive root stock and they form a new tree. You might refer to it as “tree surgery.” It may sound complicated but it is actually quite simple and rewarding. Adding grafted fruit trees to your property won’t have an immediate impact but can improve wildlife feeding options for many years to come.

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