Pruning apple tress after last year

Asked January 15, 2019, 5:35 AM EST

How should apple trees be pruned this year, given last year's terrible winter effects? Last summer, a huge proportion of the wild apple trees looked dead, apparently from the extreme winter cold. It was generally thought that these trees would come back if the summer was not too hard. How should these trees be pruned, or should they not be pruned this year?

Windsor County Vermont trees and shrubs pruning trees

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Pruning apple trees after a ‘hard’ winter is at least as important, or even more so, than after a ‘soft’ one! Vermont Extension has an article explaining the why and how here: https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/appleprune.html I hope this is helpful. Good luck!