Pruning Apple Trees
Pruning neglected trees normally requires the removal of many large limbs. Try to picture what a perfectly pruned tree should look like and decide which limbs should be removed. Remove two to three large limbs each year and bring the tree back to shape in three years rather than one year. Cut large limbs flush with the bark of a lower limb.
Fertilizing Apple Trees
Apple trees should be fertilized each year in the spring. For optimum tree growth and fruit quality, conduct a soil test every two to three years to determine the appropriate fertilizer and application rates.