Summer pruning...in February?
So my mini-orchard is starting to blossom and leaf out, and several of trees are muiti-plantings. In the picture you see a Goldkist to the left, and an Autumn Royal to the right. As you can see, the Goldkist is ahead, and is growing branches into the center, towards the Autumn Royal.
A) Leave it alone, and prune the center-growing branches in mid-summer?
B) Remove the center-growing branches now, so the tree doesn't waste enegy on branches that will already be removed?
C) Pinch off the terminal ends on the branches growing into the center. I don't want these branches, but the tree needs to retain leaves for energy.
Your input is as always, much appreciated