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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: Pruning Apple Trees Reply with quote

I have some rather old apple trees, i would like to prune them.When is the right time?They were here when i moved in. So im looking for some advice and tips of what to do.Also i think one of them has a disease,the fruit on one of the trees has dark black spots all over them (they are different varieties)
id rather like to not use chemicals where possible.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Pruning Apple Trees Reply with quote

This might help
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1150.html
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guy is also very good. I had a go at an old apple tree just last week so fingers crossed.

http://www.youtube.com/stephenhayesuk#p/u/110/_vkErr8ukOk
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few articles here on this site as well.
I input "apple tree pruning" in the search box and brought up this baby
How to prune an apple tree without fear.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for that guys Smile

i do have a question about the frost,does it matter that there is still frost around if i prune?

I also identified apple scab on one of the trees thanks to your links.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask yourself the following question.......Do you reckon that we have had the last of the harsh -5 frosts for the year?
If you do, go ahead and prune, if not, hold fire.
You see, you could cut away the growth, the plant could then produce new buds, only to heartbreakingly have them scalded off by a late frost.
Your tree won't be killed or anything, so don't worry too much about it.
It is temps of -5 that will do the damage, so a week or so should see you in the safe zone...... but watch the weather forecasts all the same.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks james,yeah ill hold off so, its been around -5 at night easily up here im quite high up too.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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