trim apple tree

Asked February 27, 2016, 4:39 PM EST

We have an apple tree that has never been trimmed. It was planted two years ago. It has been through two winters . Last year the branches were loaded and bent down to the grown. I was told to wait until tree dormant and then trim it. I have read articles but having never trimmed a tree. I'm a little concerned that I will not do it correctly. Is there someone at the extension who would come out and show me? Perhaps if there is a 4-H group that someone is teaching they could use my tree as an example.???

Jefferson County Kentucky

1 Response

Unfortunately, Jefferson County has such a large population that it is impossible for our Extension Service to make visits to individual households.

I would be happy to answer specific questions or speak with you about your apple trees. My contact information is at the bottom of this response. Of course questions can also be asked by email.

Growing fruit can be a challenge in a backyard location. Apples need correct pruning and need to be on a spray schedule as well.

This is an older publication on the basics but has excellent information on pruning and training fruit trees, Growing Fruit in Kentucky: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/anr/PDF/Growing%20Fruit%20at%20Home%20in%20Kentucky.PDF


This is a new publication with a simplified spray schedule for apples:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/plantpathology/ext_files/PPFShtml/PPFS-FR-T-18.pdf


Our detailed fruit spray schedule pub:

http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id21/id21.pdf

Of course, if the trees have nutritional problems, fruit size or taste could be affected. A soil test can tell you about the soil chemistry including pH.


FYI – Great info for fruit growers. FruitFacts publication online:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/fruitfacts/

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!


Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
502-569-2344
810 Barret Ave
Louisville KY 40204