Apple Tree prognosis
Apple Tree pruning time! First time Pruner and first time Apple tree owner!
(Note that there is a Cheery Tree behind that might make the Apple appear bigger!)
Done a little research on pruning and thought I'd go to work on taking any dead wood off, First piece I've sawn off seems to reveal a large dark hole which is pretty much heading down the main trunk of the tree!
Did I cut far too close to the trunk?
I also noticed on the other side a previous scar which comes in the form of a dark hole!
Is this something to worry about?
And I thought I'd also show you this which is I dare say has more "Dark Hole" inside although there are plenty of Shoots coming straight up (Water shoots?)
With what the state of the rest of the tree looking unloved and sorry for itself am I been too negative in thinking its seen better days?
I guess subconsciously I wouldn't be upset to see the tree gone, I love eating apples but not cooking them! plus it would allow me to get more sun to my planned raised beds.
Anyway before I go to far, is there anything that can be done to prevent the dark holes (I assume a disease/rot) from getting worse?
What would you do?