Renewing Old Apricots

Shall I prune back heavily a 15 to 20-year-old apricot tree which did

not mature its fruit this season, I think on account of neglect? It was

very poorly cultivated and not irrigated, consequently looks very sick.

Cut back all the main branches to six or eight feet from the ground,

leaving on whatever small growth there may be below that height. Paint

the stubs and thin out the shoots next summer to get the right number of

new branches properly distributed. Whether you will get a good renewal

of the head depends upon whether the sickness is in the root or not. Cut

back just before the buds swell toward the end of the dormant season.

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