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Organic Apple Trees

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Daner, May 2, 2009.

  1. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a area of land that has about 20 wild apple trees

    They have never been cared for In any way..There any where between 8'-20'

    Will my compost tea be good for these trees?

    Some put out some nice apples, and the others are just hanging In there

    Tips on pruning would help too...I know not to cut any more than a 1/3rd
    and the branch,s that turn down...Thanks for any tips

    I will hop on the 4 wheeler and run down to snap a few pics
  2. FOL

    FOL LawnSite Member
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  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Compost Does A Soil & Apple Tree Good!
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    oh jah, those poor trees.... give them the works and prune as little as can be done..........
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    It should be safe to cut out the center, but try it first with your least productive. This should only be done in late spring, so pruning out for this year, in Wisco.

    They seem like a Johnny Appleseed planting... What varieties do you have?
  7. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I told you they ere Wild :waving:I will have a go at them with my pole chain saw and a pair of loppers

    Not sure what Kind they are...The apples are red with a bit of yellow /green In them

    EDIT...ahh Ok your saying that they were droped by the horses???...
  8. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 520

    Personally I would forego trying to get apples this year, and maybe even next. Concentrate on starting to reduce the crowns a bit, and thinning the middles of the trees out for light and air penetration.


    Heres how I would tackle it:
    Clean ALL the deadwood out first. This deadwood is robbing you of vital space in those trees.

    Then go through the center and grab anything that is rubbing. If two branches are rubbing take the one that will make the smallest pruning wound, but keep in mind the branch you leave should have a good attachment point and growth habit.

    After that is done post some pics of each tree individually, and we'll see if there is enough life left to start reducing them, LIGHTLY. If not that might be all the trees can handle this year....? The 30% rule is more for younger trees that can handle it. these older trees should stay at 15-20% MAX, not including deadwood.

    Get rid of that grass, and apply some compost, cover it with wood chips. Start at the trunk and put 1/2"-1", but not touching the bas of tree. taper that out to the ends of the branches, to 4" deep. This will add vigor, and keep down the grass, and other weeds competing for nutrients.

    Go slow, have a reason for making every cut, and focus on making GOOD PRUNING CUTS!

    Take more pics!!!!!
  9. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Good advise BB, the only thing I would change is take your compost about 4-6 feet beyond the drip line.

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