Sick Apple tree

Asked August 3, 2019, 1:30 PM EDT

Hi I just adquiere some land and found 2 apple trees they look very bad. Some branches are dead, the apples are falling, under bark I found some insects that run very fast and can’t take picture others won’t run others are still a cocoon.
It looks like the tree it’s been eaten by moths
How do I help them?

Bucks County Pennsylvania

1 Response

I can see a variety of insect and possibly pathogen damage in your sample. Here is a Penn State publication on rejuvenating old apple trees. https://extension.psu.edu/home-gardening-pruning-to-renovate-old-fruit-trees

You might want to talk to your Penn State Extension to see what else you can do to evaluate whether or not is is worth trying to save the trees. They may be able to put you in touch with a person who specializes in tree fruit.