Produce more apples
By Gail Hudson, Extension Communications Specialist for Horticulture
|Photo courtesy: Julie Weisenhorn
- It’s a good time to get rid of diseased, damaged and dead wood on your tree.
- It gives the apple tree a nice shape and allows more light to get to the buds and fruit.
- The tree will be healthier, produce more fruit and grow better overall.
Tools to use
Line up the right tools before you begin pruning. Depending on the size of your apple tree, you’ll need at least a pair of hand clippers for a small one.Â For a large tree, large loppers work as well as a pruning saw.
For more information about growing and maintaining apple trees, read this article by University of Minnesota Horticulturist and fruit expert Emily Hoover:Â http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/apples-in-home-garden/index.html#seasons