Pruning of Granny Smith Apple tree

Asked April 6, 2019, 7:37 PM EDT

My husband recently pruned our Granny Smith Apple tree. I do not believe it needed to be pruned. It is only a 3yr old tree? He seemed to feel it needed it.

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1 Response

Pruning is important for the first 3 to 4 years is necessary to establish the basic tree structure.

I suggest you also reduce the number of limbs in the interior of the tree. The rule of thumb is that you should be able to throw a football through the tree after it is pruned.

I suggest that the ends of the major limbs be cut to a strong side limb that is upright, otherwise the tree will grow 2 or three limbs adjacent to the cut spot, resulting in vigorous growth and shading. See attached file.