Expose about 4 to 6 inches of the upper portion of the tap root. Where only a few trees are involved, the entire process of soil removal may be accomplished by the use of a hoe. However, if the graft is secured with poly tape, the graft can be placed above the soil line as well. Grafter is poised to make initial slanting cut on rootstock. Note the slight angle of the knife blade. The stock of the seedling rootstock fits into the groove or notch formed by the thumb and forefinger of the knife-hand. This serves to stabilize the stock and to provide a guide as the cut is made.
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