Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:12
it is simply a matter of pruning .
I have tackled a few such trees and got them back into fruiting mode.
A slight problem is whether it is a tip or spur bearer but this is aomething to assess when the tree is "recovered". I would treat it initially as if it is a spur bearer
I would wait until the leaves fall and then prune to shape. Remove all dead and inward growing and crossing bramches. Then prune side shoots on all main branches to a few leaves. That's it for this winter.
next summer, at the end of July, prune out all the"water" shoots that are likely to have grown and prune again all shoots along the main branches to a few leaves. If it is a spur bearer it will start to show fruit buds in spring. Thereafter prune in summer only
For context, I planted and tend an orchard for a friend......she has lots of short, well spaced, well pruned apples and pears producing masses of fruit every year. Fruit is easily accessed.........most fruit is at waist or shoulder height. Pruning was done a month ago. Will take some pictures next time I am there
remember when pruning apples and pears, winter pruning produces growth; Summer pruning produces fruit.
of course, keeping grass away the trees is important.....every tree should have a clear circle of bare soil around it. mulch every autumn and feed in February or March with fish blood and bone