First Bill uses the chain saw to cut off any big limbs that are broken, too low to the ground, too high in the tree, or competing with other limbs. Then we prune back overly long limbs and side branches so the fruit won't touch the ground, and prune out or prune back one-year-old branches that are growing straight up. On apple trees, these one-year-old branches are vegetative: they don't have fruit buds yet, as fruit buds are mostly born on spurs arising from older branches.
|Bill (in back) uses the chain saw to cut off big limbs, while our workers Brandon Ledford and Daniel Rennie cut back long one-year-old branches with pneumatic pruning loppers powered by an air compressor on the tractor.|
|This older tree has many long one-year-old branches that need pruning.|