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08/08/2013 at 23:18

I have a couple of clients with established apple trees, I'm not sure which varieties. I will try and get some photos tomorrow as I'm doing a bit for them both then.

 

I'd really like to know how to care for them properly, I'd like to impress my employers, I suppose is the honest reason and I'd like to learn, I've always wanted to know how to deal with fruit trees.

I know this is the time to prune, I know how to prune young trees, I've no fear of them, but these big established trees....don't know, there doesn't seem to be any new growth on them to prune.

I'd also like to know when to spray them with fungacide as they're both covered in moss, and which is the most effective spray fungacide.

 

Any help please, I'd be most grateful.

08/08/2013 at 23:22

They sound like works of art and better as that than apple producers. Hard to tell without a photo, but sometimes things get to the end of their productive life and one has to decide whether to keep them as pets or chuck em out.

If they aren't growing it sounds as if they are going to be the former. We'll see when the photos appear!

09/08/2013 at 07:09
waterbutts wrote (see)

They sound like works of art and better as that than apple producers. Hard to tell without a photo, but sometimes things get to the end of their productive life and one has to decide whether to keep them as pets or chuck em out.

If they aren't growing it sounds as if they are going to be the former. We'll see when the photos appear!

Hi waterbutts, that's a really good point and would most definitely work with one of the trees, it's actually a really nice shape, and a little quircky, so as you say...a work of art. You have to duck every time you need into the shed at the bottom of their garden but I kinda like that eccentricity. They don't use the shed so it'll never bother them. To keep that particular tree looking balanced and nice, I would have to cut that branch off right back to the trunk. I think it may lose it's character.

It has fruit all over it as well as moss, but I'd have never have thought of keeping it as an orniment, excellent idea. I may be inclined just to leave the moss on that one.

 

The other fruit tree is completely different, I'm not sure if it's a weeping apple tree, I've a feeling it's an ornimental crab apple, if so I've heard that they're good pollinators. If it a pollinator, I'm not so fearful and will deal with the crossing branches and new growth. I will also get some fungicide for that one and spray it.

What's the best fungicide?

I will get some photos soon.

09/08/2013 at 11:04

Looking forward to the photos. Can't help with fungicides, pesticides, herbicides or any other cides, I'm afraid. Haven't bought any for donkeys years.

09/08/2013 at 22:23

Here's a few photos of the big boy I've to deal with.....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29090.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29091.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29092.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29093.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29094.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

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