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TREE CARE
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How to Prune Bearing Apple Trees

Stand back from the tree to get a whole picture first, and imagine the tree you prefer. Figure out the main issues with the tree, and check back during the pruning process.

Remove watersprouts; diseased, broken, and insect-injured branches; and weak, low-growing, and shaded branches.

Reduce the tree height. Apple trees used to grow to 20-25 ft tall, but now people prefer to keep growth lower to the ground and more manageable by heading the top limbs to strong, out-growing laterals.

Try to open up the top to allow sunlight to filer through the tree's center by sensible removal of higher branches.

If two branches overshadow, cross, entangle, or compete with each other, try to remove one completely from the base instead of cutting both short.

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Post from MSU Extension - Broadwater County Facebook Post

Question - Where should I prune a branch?

Answer - Prune at the collar which is where the branch joins the trunk. If pruned correctly, the tree will seal the cut and heal itself. There is no need to put a sealant over the cut. Sealants can seal in bacteria and disease which can harm the tree. Just let nature take care of it!

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