Girdling


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Girdling

 

in trees and grapevines, a notched ring or the removal of a ring of bark (3–5 mm wide) right up to the wood. The trunk or the skeletal branches of apple and pear trees are girdled. In grapevines the main trunk, perennial branches, or annual shoots are girdled. Girdling is performed in early spring. The wound is covered with grafting wax or opaque paper. As a result of girdling, fruit trees bear fruit earlier and are more productive. In grapevines the conditions for setting the berries is improved and the size and sugar content is increased; the grapes also ripen quicker.

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He offered to draw her toward him again, but it was no more than a tentative muscular movement of the girdling arm, for he feared that he might be greedy.
Our outside and often thin and fanciful clothes are our epidermis, or false skin, which partakes not of our life, and may be stripped off here and there without fatal injury; our thicker garments, constantly worn, are our cellular integument, or cortex; but our shirts are our liber, or true bark, which cannot be removed without girdling and so destroying the man.
Already he suspects that death by natural causes - insect invasion - benefits a wider variety of animals than girdling.
The beetle larvae tunnel beneath the bark, their galleries eventually girdling and killing branches.
But the image shows that the debris has stayed in clumps rather than uniformly girdling the planet.