Are You Pruning Apple Trees The Wrong Way?

By: albertaarb - November 2, 2016

Bad pruning compromises both the tree and its fruit. As a responsible property owner, you want well-groomed land, which can mean pruning apple trees. But are you pruning your apple trees the wrong way? Read on to learn more about properly pruning apple trees.

The goal when pruning an apple tree is different, depending on the tree’s age. Pruning them when they’re young encourages strong, solid trees. Mature trees are pruned to maintain their shape and encourage fruit production. While taking care of your trees, however, it’s possible to do more harm than good.

What Dangers Do Apple Trees Face During Pruning?

Excessive pruning is a problem. It can over-stimulate growth, causing the loss of colour in your apples, as well as delayed fruit maturity. This is especially true in younger trees. Over pruning can also encourage the appearance of suckers and water sprouts. It can also cause fire blight and winter injury to the tree.

It’s important to know how to deal with each of these problems. For example, suckers that grow up from the rootstock have to be dealt with because they choke trees. The best time to get rid of suckers is during the summer when they are least likely to resprout.

To do this, scrape away the soil, reach down to the root’s base as close as you can, and tear that sucker out, rather than cut it. That way, the majority of the dormant basal buds below are removed.

When Should I Do My Pruning?

It’s best to prune apple trees in late winter or early spring before the new growth starts. Mature trees will already have their shape, so pruning them is about maintaining their shape and size, once a year. No matter what age your tree is, when it comes to pruning, it’s crucial to know what to cut and how.

What’s the Best Way to Know It’s Being Done Right?

If you’re unsure of when or how to prune your apple tree, then professional arborists are the solution.

At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property.

Click here to contact us or call the number at the top of the page for a free, no-obligation estimate of your job.

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