Pruning an old apple tree with straight up branches
A friend of mine has an old apple tree at the bottom of her garden which needs a tidy up. We’ve looked on line at videos & rhs site which show renovating trees removal of dead diseased damaged & crossing branches but can’t find anything that deals with branches that go straight up! It has old horizontal branches but most of the rest just go up straight and there’s loads of them! should these all just be taken down by 1/3? She doesn’t have a ladder but does have a long handle pruner which could reach nearly to the top. Should all the branches have the tips taken off? Do we assume the tree has been hard pruned in the past and these are classed as water shoots?