Strengthening Fruit Trees

I have read that some trees are propped by natural braces; that is, by

inter-twining two opposite branches while the tree is young, so that in

time they grow together. What is your idea regarding the practicability

of such an idea in a large commercial orchard?

Twining branches for the purpose indicated is frequently commended, but

it seems best for the use of ingenious people with plenty of time and

not many trees. To prune trees to carry their fruit so far as one can

foresee, and to use props or other supports when a tree manifests need

of a particular help which was not foreseen is the most rational way to

handle the proposition on a large commercial scale.

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