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How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Inside Branches

How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Cuts

Marie Iannotti

Now you can focus on thinning interior branches so that sun light can reach all the fruits and each branch sits at a nice, strong angle of greater than 45 degrees from the leader. Be as ruthless as possible, without removing more than about 1/3 of the branches. Remove all spindly growth. Remember, all of this pruning is going to result in new growth, so the more you get rid of here, the less you'll have to deal with later.

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