Pruning/corrective leaning dwarf apple tree advice
I have a dwarf apple tree that has grown leaning over to the south, I have tied ropes around it to bring it back to a more upright position, but what about pruning to balance the tree, maybe new main leader? Scary. Thanks Laura
PEAK DISTRICT Derbyshire
Providing that it’s not rocking in the wind, what you have done looks just fine to me. Leave the guy ropes in for a year or so, making sure that the earth close to the trunk is not loose or missing, and it will build up its strength and recover without any need to prune it.
It’s a bit hard to tell from the photos, but of anything is rubbing against the bark, a rope or a piece of wood, place something between the bark and the object to cushion the bark and prevent damage to it. Old tights are good for this, if you have any.
Apophthegm - a big word for a small thought.
There are plastic hose tubes over the ropes at point of contact with the bark, but maybe I'll add some tights!! Thanks
This is an alternative method which I used on one of my apples:
A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.