Monday, May 6, 2013
Pruning the Old Apple Tree
The winter this year, with at least four decent snow falls, took a toll on the pines around the Hawksbill Cabin yard. We figured that as long as we were having so much tree work done – we took down about five mature pines, a couple of dead trees in the side yard, and one dead dogwood – we would have the tree guys prune back the apple tree. And instead of a careful prune of just a third of the tree, we pruned hard, since I am sure that tree hadn’t been attended to in close to 40 or 50 years.
Our timing was good, as friends had told me that March is the time to prune your apples. Another bit of advice I got was that apple trees aren’t supposed to be pretty – they’re supposed to grow fruit, and you get that by pruning.
Last week I saw a few blossoms, not nearly as many as in years past, but we know we haven’t killed it, and it is leafed out nicely. Next year we’ll pick some of the small branches to keep and prune off the rest of them, and hopefully we’ll be back to full crops again in a few years.
In the meantime, I collected a bunch of the old branches and had them sawn into firewood length. The wood is curing out on the brick terrace. We’ll look forward to some fragrant camp fires out on the brick terrace next fall.
Incidentally, a quick look at those old posts reminded me that we seemed to have good harvests in even-numbered years. I am sure that is just a coincidence, but who is to say. In any case – here’s the link to the old posts about the apple tree: