Saving Very Old Apple Orchard


Old 03-07-05, 01:06 PM
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Question Saving Very Old Apple Orchard

I Have Bought An Old Farm W/a Small Apple Orchard On It. Some Of The Trees Are 30+ Ft. High. I Am Not Looking To Save The Trees For The Wild Life In The Area. In The Winter They Seem To All Come To Get The Old Apples Under The Snow.I Would Like To Do Some Triming, Because This Last Year The Trees Had So Many Apples That The Limbs Were Breaking Off. I Do Not Want To Cut Too Much And Kill The Tree. Any Suggestion And Would Doing Any Root Pruning Do Any Good?
Old 03-07-05, 03:02 PM
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Here is a good article on how to prune, why, and what. http://************/ggeq Pruning often improves the general health and performance of fruit trees for exactly the reasons you state. Pruning takes time. You prune a tree the same way you cut hair, you don't just chop some off the way many seem to do.

Hope this helps.
Old 03-07-05, 06:20 PM
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You won't have many apples this year because you had so many last year. You also need to thin the production every year or the trees may become biennial. You can do this by hand or there are chemical sprays that do it.

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