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May 12, 2020 7:37 AM CST
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At my house we have two young apple trees, one Fuji, one Honeycrisp, both age 5, both (now one) around 10' tall. Planted in August of 2014, they were both growing well! They've never flowered nor have either borne fruit, but we've never found answers as to why. Any assistance with that would be awesome, but not the subject of this post.

Several months ago in winter, our Fuji tree was mauled by some creature, my guess is deer, but it was seriously torn up, I would've assumed lightning if there was any sign of burning. The main branch was hanging by about a third, the other branch had been stripped of most bark (we did a terrible job pruning the first 5 years and way overdid it this winter, don't judge, we're new to this! We used a combination of zip ties and ropes so as to allow it to stand in hopes that it would heal. Once the snow melted and the weather warmed, the Honeycrisp began to grow leaves without showing any flowers as usual, and to our surprise, the Fuji tree began to leaf as well, but only at the base. Pictures of the damage below, taken this morning. Does anyone know the best course of action to take in order to restore our Fuji to its former glory?

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Just showing the damage to the trunk and branches, as you can see the tree is 'alive'... is it salvageable?

Thank you!!
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May 15, 2020 2:05 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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You planted your trees too deep in the ground and that's mostly the problem. If you see green under the bark it can be saved. You need to dig about 1 or 2 inches of the top soil off the root ball, so it can transpire gases from below the ground. Then top dress about an inch of compost or composted manure on top which will breathe better than the topsoil. Give it some time and repeat the compost every spring.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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