Pruning Apples

Young apple trees set two years ago were cut back to 14 to 18 inches and

cared for as to low branching, proper spacing, etc., but the desired

branches were allowed to make full growth to the present time. They have

mode great growth and if allowed to continue will make too tall trees.

We understand that your trees have made two summers' growth since

pruning. We should cut back to a good lateral wherever you can find one

running at the right direction at about three to four feet from the last

cut, and shorten the lateral more or less according to the best judgment

we could form on sight of the tree. In this way you can take out the

branches which are running too high and make the framework for a lower

growth. Do not remove the small twigs and spurs unless you have too many

such shoots.

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