Sounds like something one does at Christmas! No,silly,not that kind of tree...we are talking about an apple tee!
We planted our Jonathan apple tree before Rick left for Iraq in 2005. We have discussing trimming this tree for a couple of years now,and just never got around to it....
Can you tell?
So,how does one trim an apple tree? Good question,as we had no clue,either. Happily,the University of New Hampshire has a Cooperative Extensive Service,and their website gave us the how tos.
1)Remove any dead,diseased or broken branches (we didn't have any)
2) Cut the height of the tree by cutting the main upright growing branches moderately ( I think we went beyond moderate,but our tree was really way too tall). The branches should be on a horizontal lateral after you cut them.
3) Remove "water spouts"-fast growing,upright branches-and branches that cross and rub.
4)Prune to leave branches going horizontally. Get rid of the ones that hang down or grow upward.
5)Trim lowest branches so they are about 2' off the ground
That is the main jist of it.
Here is how it looks now:
Another gorgeous day outside,though not quite as warm as the previous four days,but still lovely just the same!
Have a Fabulous Day on this Fabulous Planet!