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How to Prune an Apple Tree | Expert Advice

How to Prune an Apple Tree | Expert Advice
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Too often, Phillips says, tree owners avoid cutting off bigger limbs because they’ve fallen in love with the shape they’ve given the tree. If the goal is to create light space, sometimes those large branches have to go. Then, only after the structure of the tree is in place, can the smaller cuts begin. “As you get more experience, the decision making comes more quickly,” Phillips says. “Once you make your cut, there’s an immediate feeling of Yep, that was right. Sometimes there won’t be that feeling. Then you know you have a couple of years to recover.”
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Senior editor of Yankee Magazine: Ian, a native New Englander who has worked and freelanced for Yankee for the past decade, writes feature stories, home pieces, and helps manage the magazine's up-front section, First Light. His stories have ranged from exploring the community impact from a church poisoning in a small town in northern Maine to dissecting the difficulties facing Nantucket around its problems with erosion. In addition to his connection to Yankee, Ian worked as a senior editor of Cincinnati Magazine for several years.
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