Help with an old apple tree

elsnow(7a and 8a)July 15, 2013

We bought a 100-year old farmhouse in Mentone, Alabama two years ago. There was an old, overgrown apple tree that had not borne apples in several years, but it had apples the Spring after we bought the house! That year most of the apples fell off the tree too soon. I have no idea what variety they are; they are red.

I am really hoping to harvest many more apples this fall. Here are my main questions:

1. How should this tree be pruned and when?, and
2. What should I spray it with and when?

Thanks for your help! I've searched the Alabama Extension site, and although I found A LOT of apple info, it seemed to be aimed at commercial growing and/or putting in trees in a home setting.

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louisianagal(z7bMS)

I've read this book at the libray and then recently purchased it used/excellent condition on amazon.com for about $7. I really like it as it gives the rationale and simple explanation and pics of how/why to prune. Chapter 9 is fruit tree pruning. I have no financial interest whatsoever.
http://www.amazon.com/Pruning-Made-Easy-Everything-Illustrated/dp/1580170064/ref=pd_sim_b_4

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 8:37PM
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sand18f

You Tube.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 6:46PM
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elsnow(7a and 8a)

Thanks! I'll be looking for that book, Louisianagal, and sand18f, I did go to Youtube and found a neat guy who has a lot of good videos posted about apples in general including good pruning ones - even cleaning up old trees specifically. That was a good suggestion.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 12:21PM
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