Pruning my Anna apple tree
I live in San Diego. I was reading my "Pat Welsh's Southern California" gardening book this morning. She suggests we cut all the leaves off our apple trees because it's not cold enough to make them drop their leaves in the fall/winter. The need, she writes, is due to the new leaves emerging in the spring. If they try to come in where there are old existing leaves, it will cause scaling which will eventually cause the fruit to rot.
Well, this is the first year I've heard of this. This is my second winter with the tree. It thrives and has beautiful leaves and lots of new growth AND lots of apples (in two seasons!) I definitely don't want to intervene when it's not necessary. But, perhaps it IS necessary, but the problem hasn't surfaced just yet.