It is the best time of the year to do grafting with the tree’s own branches. This is for me the most succesful way to add some new branches on trees. There is no risk and the only thing that we need to do is making a scedule one year in advance.
It can only be done with trees that grow for a whole year without pruning. All the new growth and all the new branches, wherever growing, can be usefull. The technique is easy, we drill a hole through the trunc about the size of the young branch, we try to make contact with part of the branch that is already hard enough. We fix it with ent tape and let it grow another year.
This is an example of a branch grafted 2 years ago. This is the best way to be sure that it doesn’t die off, because after 2 years the branch has become thicker and takes everything it needs from the trunc. The best way to see when it is ready to remove is when the outside part is thicker than the inside, so left is now thinner than right and the left can be removed. Result is that there is a branch coming out of the trunc in a natural way. With this technique we can add branches, apex etc….on any place of the tree.