Pruning Mature Apple Trees

Asked April 15, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

When making a pruning cut, does it matter if the cut part is facing up or down? Also, when pruning, should you leave any branches attached below the lateral branches? Thank you.

Washtenaw County Michigan apples apple trees

1 Response

I good pruning cut is one made close to, but not into, the branch collar. It can be parallel to the trunk or at a slight angle. The goal is to have the cut heal quickly and not allow any moisture to pool anywhere at the cut site.
It is recommended that all small branches below your main scaffold limbs be removed. They will be shaded out and non-productive.