towards the middle of last summer my apple tree has severe leaf curl and brown marks on the leaves. the lower branches became twiggy and woodern and just snapped off as if dead. there was a total of 5 apples on it .
i pruned it right back in autumn and now looking at it it looks like a dead tree although the top branches have thin sprouts on them. the lower ones have no buds or growth on them and i am inclined to cut these off.any advise please