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What to do with neglected tree, full of large water sprouts?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Hugo Lefrançois, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Hugo Lefrançois

    Hugo Lefrançois New Member

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    Hi there!

    I am a landscaper and I do some minor tree work at some of my client's. There's a client of mine who has an apple tree that's been neglected for too long, and it's full of water sprouts that are a few years old already. I am thinking we should get rid of at least a part of them. What would you say about taking them all off, which would mean pruning almost half of the tree crown?

    I will come up with pictures.

    Thanks!
     
  2. PJM

    PJM ArboristSite Operative

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    Ideally you would wait until late winter to prune and don't take more than 20% of the live crown off in your first pruning. You should put it on a schedule over the next couple of years to work the whole crown over.
     
  3. Hugo Lefrançois

    Hugo Lefrançois New Member

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    Thanks PJM!
    What would you start with? The inside of the crown or the outside? I know the idea is generally to open the inside, but in that case wouldn't it look weird if I cut the inside watersprouts and leave the outside ones? I feel like doing the outside ones first would make it look a little more like a "normal" tree (shapewise).
     
  4. Canyon Angler

    Canyon Angler ArboristSite Guru

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    You want plenty of air inside an apple tree. Main limbs should be spread out. A tight "lollipop" tree shape isn't what you want.

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