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#3174410 - 02/24/13 07:54 AM Apple Tree Trimming?
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What would ya'll do with this one?
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#3174413 - 02/24/13 08:00 AM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: Football Hunter]
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I think this one looks pretty good.
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#3174728 - 02/24/13 04:18 PM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: Football Hunter]
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Choose the strongest limbs, and trim off the rest. Make it look bare like the second one.
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#3174804 - 02/24/13 05:49 PM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
smstone22
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That top one needs to be thinned in a bad way. Take out alot of those vertical branches and leave more of the horizontalish branches. I take a central leader approach. One strong central leader with fruiting limbs off of that. My first scaffold on semi dwarf or standard is generally around 5 feet high or so, no limbs below that(after I get the tree tall enough to warrant that). I really need to take some pics post pruning and training and put them on here.
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#3174862 - 02/24/13 06:30 PM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: smstone22]
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Yes please do^^^
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#3175614 - 02/25/13 11:36 AM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: smstone22]
Hunter 257W
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
That top one needs to be thinned in a bad way. Take out alot of those vertical branches and leave more of the horizontalish branches. I take a central leader approach. One strong central leader with fruiting limbs off of that. My first scaffold on semi dwarf or standard is generally around 5 feet high or so, no limbs below that(after I get the tree tall enough to warrant that). I really need to take some pics post pruning and training and put them on here.


I just trimmed mine the 1st time a couple of weeks back and tried the approach you are describing. These are 2 yr old trees and I didn't prune them the 1st year. I tried to follow the advice I got from The Wildlife Group that says to strive for a cenrtal trunk with multiple tiers of scafold limbs equally distributed around the trunk like spokes on a bicycle wheel. I am trying to get the tiers about a foot or so apart and keep the top center limb as the tallest part of the tree. Of course some trees lend themselves better to this than others. I had one for instance that branched out from the center trunk with 3 perfectly spread scafold branches and the trunk ended at the root of the scaffolds. I just did the best I could with each tree. The hardest part was removing at least 1/3 to 2/3 of the total limbs. If I hadn't seen how well that works with my wife's roses, I'd never be able to chop on my trees like that.
I'll try to take some pictures on the weekend of what I did - not that it's intended in any way to be an example because I am for srue a beginner at fruit tree growing.

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#3175729 - 02/25/13 01:52 PM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Yeah, that first tree is a tough call. I'd just start whittling away at any branches that were pointing down, growing back across the main trunk or growing back towards the trunk, and then just see where it takes you keeping in mind you either won't to have a "central leader" or "open concept" tree. I think from the picture this try has decided to be more of an open concept spread. I think that is the correct term.
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#3177134 - 02/26/13 04:52 PM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: Hollar Hunter]
BowGuy84
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 Originally Posted By: Hollar Hunter
Yes please do^^^


Agree.

I haven't seen my fruit trees in almost a year. Embarrasing, but true. Still learning and only 72 more days until my time frees up major!

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#3177991 - 02/27/13 11:36 AM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: BowGuy84]
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Worked on it.Done enough?
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#3177995 - 02/27/13 11:40 AM Re: Apple Tree Trimming? [Re: Football Hunter]
BlountArrow
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Hard to tell, but you definitely put a dent in it.
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