Posted: 09/08/2013 at 07:09
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.