Posted: 25/04/2013 at 20:32
My 60 year old apple trees are only just showing signs of bud. If you have not pruned for a number of years it would be worthwhile doing so next winter to open the tree up and let in more air and light. It's a bit late for serious renovation pruning.
My trees are 18 feet high with 20 feet diameter spread. No dwarfing root stock in those days. The trees do have some canker and are losing the bark in places but still produce apples so I keep looking after them.
Also do you feed the tree? I feed mine every year. Last year I had a very poor crop of apples which I think was due to the weather. Most years I am giving them away.