Apple tree surgery needed soon (probably)
green fingered finch Posts: 278
in Fruit & veg
We have 2 old apple trees, an eater and a cooker. Both neglected by previous owners but in last few years they have given us plenty of fruit (although not very healthy fruit from eater). We have been cutting out blossom wilt and the odd dead branch but think it might be time to get an expert in. We love the trees and don't want to lose them. Both have moss growing on them and are unshapely. Any suggestions? Prune ourselves, and when? Recommendations of expert/surgeon in Hampshire area?
Thank you in advance
DO YOU ENVISAGE THEM AS BEING PRODUCTIVE APPLE TREES OR DO YOU IMAGINE THEM AS GARDEN SCULPTURES IN THE FUTURE?
NEW, YOUNG TREES WILL OBVIOUSLY BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND LESS PRONE TO DISEASE. EVERY GARDEN BENEFITS FROM A "FEATURE".
IN EITHER CASE, YOU MUST RESIST THE URGE TO CUT LARGE QUANTITIES OF WOOD AWAY IN ONE GO. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS YOU WILL END UP WITH TWO HEDGEHOGS.
TAKE PHOTOS OF THEM FROM N,S,E AND W AND TRY TO IMAGINE WHICH BRANCHES NEED TO BE SHAPED TO MAKE THE TREES LOOK BETTER OR PRODUCE MORE, OR BOTH. THEN IVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL YEARS REMOVE A FEW YARDS OF TIMBER,KEEPING A CONSTANT WATCH FOR SPURTS OF GROWTH THAT NEED TO BE CUT BACK.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.