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I have plum & apple trees in an orchard on a property just purchased, the trees have had NO love for at least 40 years, they still produce fruits but some are over 6 metres high. What would be the best way to prune them back to a manageable height & shape. Sorry the pic is a bit blurry but gives you the idea.
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16th March 2017 12:38pm
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Pademelon1 says...
Hi Fiona,

You didn't attach picture!

If you have a lot of trees, it may be worth getting someone to come and check the trees out individually, especially if they hadn't been maintained for 40+ years. I know someone who found themselves in a similar situation and found that some trees were still fit for production, whilst others would only be good for decoration and would probably die if trimmed back.

Without the picture it is hard to judge the extent of your problem, but generally if you are going to major pruning, you do it when the trees are dormant, and try to avoid cutting off major branches. If you need to cut off major branches, don't cut off everything at once, just the major branch. Same applies to delicate trees. Make sure the plants have good access to water when doing this, but don't overwater!

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Pademelon1
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16th March 2017 1:25pm
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Fionas farm says...
I have just added some photos. I will take your advice and get a horticulturalist out to have a look to save them. Thanks for your help.
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