These are apple trees. Neglected, overgrown and so in need of….well, something.
I am NOT an expert on apple trees by any stretch. Heck, until buying this farm I can't say that I've been around too terribly many. But I do know that you can't leave them like this. Duh! So I decided to take a stab at "pruning" some of them. Thankfully, I did read some information on pruning prior to this so as not to get too crazy with my chopping. What has resulted was this…
Most of the dead branches I was able to crop off, however I needed the chainsaw to do the biggest ones and my husband at that moment was working on some other trees. So, I'll have to save that for another day. But I did clear all the underbrush away from the bottom and cut and cropped a lot of the lowest branches. Immediately, it began looking so much better and even healthier.
The funny thing was that while I was doing this my youngest daughter comes down to the orchard and asks if she could do something. We were almost done for the day and I was finishing up, but I thought for a moment and said…."why don't you go and count all the apple trees we have in the orchard".
I had just finished cropping and trimming 4 of them when she comes bounding around the corner saying…."guess how many apple trees we have?" To this I can honestly say, I had no clue. Never not once did I think to count them. They're trees. It certainly didn't look like too terribly many.
So I said, "25".
"You'll never guess this one, Mom."
"Okay, I give. How many?"
Thumph. I had to sit down for a moment.
"No wait, I changed my mind….don't tell me."