Reshaping a Peach Tree
I have a mature Reliance dwarf peach tree that produced around 120 lbs of peaches that year, which was awesome. My problem is that I was very inexperienced when I initially started pruning it 6-years ago. In a nutshell, I let some upper branches grow out and shade lower branches. This caused the lower branches to grow outward to the point where the tree is probably 15 ft wide. I have been working at slowly removing upper branches to correct the shading problem over the past few years. I would really like to start some new scaffold branches so that I could eventually remove the very long ones that currently exist. I have some very vigorous waterspout that I'm wondering if I can bend down to become new scaffold branches. Anyone ever tried this?