What does "moderate vigor" look like?
Read the "carpet mulch" thread with interest.
Much discussion revolved around the idea that mulch is used (or not) as needed to maintain moderate vigor of the trees as this condition produces the best fruit.
So ... how would a rookie with 3-6 year old apple, cherry, & plum trees identify trees with low, moderate, and excessive vigor.
I assume "low vigor" would be characterized by little growth and few blossoms year to year. other indicators are ...?
Excessive vigor would include many vertical new growths and maybe water sprouts?. other indicators are ...?
as always thanks in advance for advice. Those of you with springtime in full swing count your blessings. Up here in the north it's been a cold one for the record books and we are STILL consistently 15 to 20 degrees below normal highs.!