Pruning an Old Apple Tree
Pruning an old apple tree is both an art and science. In this 3 minute video you will see it broken down to 5 steps, in order of importance. You will not kill your tree by pruning it. So watch the video (a few times if need be) then go out there and do it.
Primary - folding saw & hand pruners
Secondary - baldwin ladder, harness, pole saw & chain saw
Esthetics, increase light penetration
Traditionally it has been done from Late Jan-E. June
Never more then 1/3 of the tree in any one year
- Remove any vertical braches called water sprouts (favor horizontal braches)
- Dead, dying and diseased
- Remove crossing or rubbing braches
- Remove branches that go into the trees center
- Remove all braches below 2 ½'
Apple Tree Photos:
- Before - This old apple tree has not been pruned in years. It's interior is filled with water sprouts.
- After - The interior is cleaned out of water sprouts which are of no value to the tree.
- Before - Branches are crossing, rubbing and are diseased.
- After - A healthy and thinned out apple tree.
- The sun sets after a cold day in the orchard. Time for the mulled cider.