Very tall neglected pear and apple trees
1st time post here - so thank you in anticipation of your help and patience!
We have moved and the house has lot of very neglected fruit trees ( see attached pear tree and apple tree photos) amongst other problem areas .....
I would like some advice as to whether I can top either of the trees to encourage the lower branches to thicken out. They fruited last year - the only problem being we could only get the windfalls and the birds and the insects had the rest!
I was thinking we could cut the pear tree level with the lowest branch, removing all the growth above it? ( we have already ringed the tree to get rid of the ivy).
With the apple tree - no ideas at all other than ringing the ivy ....
Any advice is gratefully received.