Apple Tree Care
Hi Everyone, I have a question about an old apple tree that was in the front yard of the house we purchased. Trying to make this long story short: it's overgrown - to say the least. We've been trimming it every year for 3 years now but my fiancee has difficulty understanding that the more we cut, the better for the tree (unfortunately he's the one with the chain saw in the tree). He did promise that he would trim more this winter - we'll see.
My question is more about the care, though. The first year, the tree had about 2 grocery bags of apples but they were fairly small. Year 2 - no apples at all. Year 3 - maybe 10 apples altogether but none we could eat. All rotted.
I admit that except for applying fertilizer, I didn't spray the tree at all. Where do I start? What products do you recommend? I would love to have home grown apples. I've read through other forum questions and got some information but any advise would be greatly appreciated (please provide some specific names of products, if possible, I really am a newbie at this). I spent countless hours on researching how to trim the tree but know nothing about its care. And by the way - I have no clue what kind of apple it is. The first year fruits were ready late August - right about now.