Can I make a crabapple into a good apple tree
A friend moved into a new house and has asked my help with a few fruit trees. This is in his side yard by a street and it is a fancy neighborhood. There are 2 crabapple trees that are like 5" diameter 12" up from the ground. The lowest branches are at about 40". So I am wondering if it is smart to try to make them over into regular apple. My thinking being faster to fruit by sticking them on an established root system and labor saving by not ripping out the old. Downside would be looks for a while, plus I don't know anything about the root stock.