Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:00
I have recovered overgrown Apple trees. One in particular was full of Woody shoots ...congested is an understatement.
I cut it all back one autumn .........all thin, dead and dying branches removed. Then cut back to a semblance of shape......tree is a spur bearer! I knew there would be a mass of "water shoots" so during the following summer.....August....I removed most or pruned back, spurred. last October, 3 years later, it was productive again.
another Apple tree had been hacked back by a cowboy gardener and I again removed excess wood and aimed at spur training. Successful too.
There is an element of luck sometimes....once did a similar thing to an apple in my brother's garden. He claimed I killed it. As I recall it was in a dire situation. So, worth trying to recover a healthy looking tree