How do you maintain an apple tree?
Thereof, how do you prune an apple tree?
To prune apple trees, wait until spring and early summer. Then, use hand pruners and loppers to cut off any downward growing branches or branches that are dead or diseased. You should also prune any suckers that are growing at the base of the apple tree.
One may also ask, what should I feed my apple tree? Generally, all fruit trees thrive in a soil pH of between 6.0-6.5. If you are just planting an apple sapling, go ahead and add a pinch of bone meal or a starter fertilizer mixed with water. After three weeks, fertilize the apple tree by spreading ½ pound of 10-10-10 in a circle 18-24 inches from the trunk.
Correspondingly, what month do you prune apple trees?
Apple trees should be pruned in late winter, but you can prune into the spring and summer if you must. Avoid pruning in the fall since this stimulates new growth at the same time the tree should be getting ready for winter.
Why are the apples on my tree so small?
Apples and pears are thinned to one or two fruits per cluster, with at least six inches between fruits when the total crop is heavy. If a too-heavy crop is due partly to too much fruiting wood on the tree, some of the thinning can be quickly done with pruning shears, perhaps as a part of an early summer pruning.