Should weed control be sprayed around the base of an apricot tree, what are the orange growths protruding from the trunk and how should this mature tree be pruned
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Avoid the weed killer near the tree. Some chemical herbicides can enter the tree's absorbing roots or directly through the bark and harm the tree. It appears to be a small enough area that you could easily and effective remove the grass by hand weeding. Or preferably use a 2 or 3 inch layer of organic mulch.
The growths on the tree trunk appear to be fungal fruiting bodies (conks from a bracket fungus - basidiocarp) indicating an internal wood rot fungus infection. I don't know the exact identity of the disease, but a local arborist or university extension pathologist may be able to help you identify and recommend treatment if available.
Pruning lessons cannot be achieved in an email, but in general I would say just to thin and lightly shape the foliar canopy. This article may help you get started: