Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Apple tree pruning.

I've been doing some apple tree pruning lately at various customers around East Devon. I've been pruning the trees with the following objectives in mind .


  • To balance out lopsided trees by pruning back overhanging limbs. This makes the trees look more attractive and reduces the risk of them toppling over in high winds.
  • To thin out any inward growing branches to prevent them rubbing. This can cause infections on the trees in future years. Clear out the cluttered branches from the middle of the tree to let some light and air through.
  • Prune the most recent growth from the previous year as they have a habit of multiple stem growth at the point that the tree was previously pruned. I have left one new "leader" at each point to carry on strong growth for the tree this year.



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