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Apple trees in spring... opps.
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Skinwhittler    Posted 04-17-2002 at 05:14:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Neighbors-
Everybody knows a cure, treatment or surefix to a thing or two. Any of you have any tricks you'd care to share about looking after Apple trees in the spring? We couldn't prune this past winter due to aches & pains, warm weather, ahh, an I can't remember the 3rd. reason. Hows about given me some idea what to do with these trees that went without the usual pruning. Hope y'all are doin well out there-

InVermont    Posted 04-17-2002 at 08:23:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last year I pruned my trees during February (which in Vermont means you're on snowshoes)- this gives the wound time to 'heal' before and when the sap starts to flow- the biggest problem with fruit trees and pruning is opening them up to infection, which is why you should prune in early spring before the sap runs. There are a host of problems that can occur if you prune later than that- trust me- I pruned a couple of my heirloom trees when they were supposed to be pruned, but didn't look at the scraggier, diseased trees down the hill- now my heirloom trees look like they've got an infection (I hope it's not fireblight) at the places where I pruned. The squirrels and birds move from tree to tree looking for treats and spread whatever to your healthy trees. Now I've got to spray and prune some more next February and see if I can't maintain the trees that look like they've been infected. Since you waited this long to prune, I would suggest you wait until late in the season, after you harvest, trim off the watersprouts; then prune early next spring.

Whizz    Posted 04-17-2002 at 05:26:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's been my experience that apple trees can be pruned safely most anytime they need it as long as they are not cut back too severely. Last year I pruned mine after they had bloomed and didn't notice any decrease in the yields. Just my two cents works for me.

big fred    Posted 04-17-2002 at 06:58:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about cherries? I got a cherry tree I didn't get to again (this is about the 7th or 8th year I didn't get to it). I need to knock the top, oh, maybe 30 feet off it. :o(

Whizz    Posted 04-17-2002 at 08:07:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry BF. Don't remember a thing about cherries. Been a long, long time. Feller at the ag extension office here says to prune any fruit trees anytime ya feels like it. If I waited that long, Mz Whizz would do all the prunnin' and not all of it on tha trees.

big fred    Posted 04-17-2002 at 11:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, that's my problem. By the time I get the chainsaw and a decent ladder down to my trees, I'm too tuckered out to prune. I'd rather just sit by the creek and skip stones.

Les    Posted 04-17-2002 at 05:17:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do it now. I haven't done mine yet either.

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