3 problems - apple bark, cherry branch, tree not growing...
Went out and did winter pruning today. It was too early i'm sure, so i hope i didn't hurt my trees too much. Can't help myself starting everything early.
Anyway, have a few pictures:
1) Gala apple - has areas all over the tree where the bark is split like the picture. Anyone know what is causing this and how i can stop it?
2) Cherry tree. I have had 2 main branches go off the main leader, but i've always wanted a 3rd to even the tree out, but the little runt branch just won't grow. i have that problem with another cherry too. little runts around the crotch between the leader and the main branches. can i do anything to spur growth of these runts? or should i just cut them off?
3) this diadora spruce has not grown an inch in 3+ years. since the needles are on i guess it's not dead, but any thoughts? i know this isn't a fruit tree, but these were my 3 problems today. thanks!!! (apologize for not rotating pics properly)