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Ever since I have been at the Centre, Yvon has been appearing to volunteer.  It is always a spontaneous gesture, but often happens exactly when we need someone to help prepare the plants for winter or enliven the ground for summer, or mop a floor.  He is just there – on this day it was a little love, a little clay and some instruction.

The leaves were radiant and healthy, but the lower branches had been bent by snow, and worried that we would have to cut them I asked Yvon, for a solution. “I will bring clay from a stream near my house, and we can see if it will heal.”  Here is the process we followed.

Step 1     Bucket with clay

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Step 3          Lift the branch so the pieces are fused together and then stabilize it by gently tying to a higher branch.

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Step 4         Take a little clay and smooth around the branch adhering the two broken pieces.



Step 5         Take some clothe, we used an old t-Shirt, cut a piece and wrap around the branch and then put some string gently around it to keep it in place.  This ensures that the clay will be protected.

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Step 6.    Be careful in the winter, when you are shoveling, not to throw the snow on the tree. Have some awareness.

Step 7   In the spring unwrap the cloth and check to see if the branch has adhered and healed.  If not, you will need to remove the branches.


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