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Apple tree pruning

Hello all, I've recently pruned a very old apple tree in my garden and having looked on the internet I may have been a bit heavy handed. I have taken it right back to the branches I think it's called coat rack pruning. I was just wondering how bad this will be for the tree.

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,997

    Hi Tom, I suspect "water shoots" will be your main problem.  As long as you deal with those and the tree doesn't succumb to a bad disease it will probably be OK - they are tough things.  Have a look at this RHS link for how to deal with the water shoots and which diseases to watch for:

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/AdviceSearch/profile.aspx?PID=279

    If you keep on top of those things for the next 3 years it should be OK.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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