Apples can be eaten fresh from the tree. They are also canned, juiced and used in making desserts like fruit salad and apple pie. Growing apple trees in your garden can be fun and this will give you fresh fruits that you can enjoy anytime. You can also earn by selling your apples. Proper care is needed for your tree to grow properly and bear fruits. However, there are apple trees that become untrained. The owner may not have enough time to prune the trees. There are several disadvantages of an untrained apple tree. First, the tree becomes too high which will make it difficult for you to reach. Untrained apple tree also tends to have lots of dead and damaged branches. Furthermore, it will be very challenging to manage this type of tree. It will no longer bear fruits because it will not have enough sunlight on the center, as the overgrown branches will cover them. If your apple tree bears delicious fruits, you may want to save your tree by pruning. If there are branches that are below ten feet, then it’s still possible to make the tree bear fruit again. However, this will take a lot of time. Pruning should not be done at once. This can produce major wounds to the tree and it may not be able to grow back. The untrained apple tree should be pruned little by little and in stages.
Here are the steps on how to prune an untrained apple tree.
- Prepare the things that you will use in pruning untrained apple tree. These are gloves, pruning saw and pruning shears. You also need to use ladder to climb on the tree since this will be already be high.
- Choose the time to prune. The best time to prune an untrained apple tree is between the months of March and April. While waiting for the right time to prune your tree, it’s also best to cut any tree or shrubs which cover the apple tree preventing it to get full sunlight and get good air circulation. Remove weeds surrounding the tree as well.
- Begin the first stage of pruning the tree. The ideal shape of an apple tree is somewhat similar to an inverted ice cream cone. It should be wider at the bottom and thinner on top, which has enough opening to allow sun light to go through the center of the tree as well as let air circulate properly. Begin cutting on top of three making it thinner and creating an opening, which the tree needs. Only 1/3 of the tree should be pruned on the first stage. This is to prevent severely wounding the tree. The second stage of pruning should be done on the next season. Prune the tree to make it more manageable. Remember not to prune the tree severely. Like on the first stage, prune only 1/3 of the tree. This is also the same on the last stage. Prune the tree on the third year by thinning it. On the third stage, you will more likely gain control on the size of the tree and will be easier for you to manage it. Remove suckers that may grow from the roots.
Once you get the control back on your apple tree, make sure to prune this regularly to avoid becoming untrained. Also, always make sure to clear the tree from thick branches on top to allow sun light and air to pass through which is needed for it to bear fruits.