Posted: 08/08/2013 at 19:16
Knowing the variety would help. If it is a spur bearer.....check where your fruit is, at the ends of branches or alomg the branches.
I rejuvenated apple trees.....spur bearers....by removing all water shoots.....the mass of thin shoots that grow everywhere after a mass pruning.......completely or to a couple of buds. Removed branches growing inwards. Removed branches that were old. Reduced the height of the tree. My aim was to achieve a vase shape with an open centre. The following summer I did the same. One tree, ironically I discussed yesterday, is now full of apples. The UNGRATEFUL friend moaned she didn't like those apples......ah well!
Obviously remove all cankered or diseased wood completely.
Some may argue that this should be done in winter. For me it is a summer prune designed to induce fruit production not growth