How To Prune An Apple Tree: Step by Step - With Video

Terry shows us just how simple it is to prune an apple tree using the central leader pruning method. Pruning stimulates vigorous growth and opens up your tree to allow for good air circulation and sun penetration, which helps prevent disease and promotes healthy fruit. A neglected fruit tree may not produce much fruit, if any.

  • 0:57 – Remove sucker growth
  • 1:30 – Remove broken and inward-facing branches
  • 1:50 – Cutting at the collar
  • 2:13 – Thinning Branches
  • 3:36 – Pruning the main leader
  • 4:37 – Opening up the tree for better airflow and sunlight penetration
  • 4:50 – Heading back the branches
  • 5:56 – Using limb spreaders

Pruning Success After 7 Months

The photo on the right was taken 7 months after pruning was performed.

Our selection of pruning tools will help you keep your landscape flourishing.

More detailed information on pruning apple trees ›

For more growing information, check out our Growing Guide.

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