I wanted to show you the homemade limb spacers my husband made for my fruit trees. I planted some young pear trees this spring. Apples here struggle with late frosts and fire blight BUT pears seem to grow well if you select the right variety. So I purchased 2 young pear trees of varieties that are heirloom and supposedly more fire blight resistant.
Once planted I wanted to shape the soft branches on these pear trees while they are young and open the tree up more so that I won't have to take branches off later. This improves air circulation to reduce disease and helps the limbs not to break later from a load of fruit. Especially pears which want to grow straight up.
They sell limb spacers online but my husband took 9 wire and bent me some by just doing "S" shaped bends on each end. So far it is really working well. I have also seen people doing this by putting light weights on the limbs to pull them down.
Below are some pictures of the limbs with spacers on them.