April 2, 2024

Pruning My Old Apple Trees

There's still time to prune those fruit trees.

If you grow apple trees, you understand the importance of annual pruning and training to develop proper shape and form. When done correctly, pruned trees live longer and have a much better chance of producing more fruit. Not long ago, I had wild apple collector and apple specialist, Matt Kaminski from Sunderland, Massachusetts, work on two of my favorite old apple trees here at my farm - the specimens located in the center paddock now nestled within my living maze. Matt, who is also known as Gnarly Pippins, opened up the tree canopies, cut any unnecessary branches, and improved the overall framework to support the next bounty of sweet, crisp apples.

Here are some photos, enjoy.