Apple shoots from downed tree
Last fall during the wind storm and then the early snow in October (Massachusetts), a couple of our apple trees went down.
Now a bunch of shoots are popping up not only where the stumps are, but what appears from a root about five feet away from the original trunk of one.
Should I cut back all but one shoot in each cluster, leave a few in each cluster, or leave them all and let them fight for survival amongst themselves?
Also, I never really cleaned up and filled in the uprooted stumps (back issues then, but better now). Should I now deal with the upturned soil and remains of the stumps or with that hurt the shoots?
BTW, these trees are more ornamental than producers of edible fruit - as much as I wish different.