Where do I begin…….I’m not very good on a ladder, I am afraid to fly, and I am a strong believer that our feet were meant to be on the ground. Apple pruning on the other hand goes against all my basic instincts. For one thing, you have to be on a ladder. Not only are you on a ladder, but you are top-heavy because you have a giant pair of loppers in your hands.
And when you are not busy climbing the ladder you are climbing the tree itself. (Okay, this part is actually fun, despite its dangers!) Anyway, the idea behind pruning the apple trees is to maintain the tree size in the orchard, maximize the sun and air into the trees, and pruning helps make bigger tastier apples in that tree. (this is at least what I gathered) However, it’s a bit tricky deciding what branches to cut off. So I pretty much closed my eyes and hoped for the best. Just kidding….kind of.
Taylor is a true natural.
I’m a work in progress.
But I will say that our first day pruning apple trees was a success. We made a lot of progress and no one fell of a ladder! Success indeed!