Trees and Shrubs forum: Discovered an Apple Tree, Now What?

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Name: Mel
Dekalb, IL (Zone 5b)
Aug 14, 2017 1:05 PM CST
I've just discovered an apple tree in my backyard. I thought it was an overgrown shrub of some kind, as we've got several on the property. We just moved into this house in December and I wasn't paying much attention to this shrub as we were planning to pull it out next spring. But now I've noticed good sized apples on it and we actually cut one open and ate it and it was quite good. So my question is, what do I do with it now? I'm reading a lot and think maybe I need to start with some pruning. It's like 20 feet tall and very narrow all the way up for an apple tree. Lots of leaves and not too many apples. I'd like to keep it and get it to a manageable height with lots of fruit, but not sure how to proceed. Any thoughts?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Aug 17, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Mel - wait until it goes dormant before pruning. Most prune in late winter before the spring thaw. You can prune out dead branches at any time. You can look at this website to get started.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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