Q.Our 30 ft tall sapota tree is 40 yrs old. The fruit grows to 4 inches in diameter. We can only enjoy a fraction of its fruit that
we can pluck from the terrace of our 2 story bungalow. Can we prune this tree so we can enjoy the lovely fruit, instead of crows, bats, medinahs, cuckoos and parrots? We live in Southern Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Since your tree is so old, I would be very cautious about pruning it now unless it has been neglected for years and has weak branch structure. You can renew it slowly by removing 25 percent of the canopy every year for three years. I'd suggest consulting an arborist before attempting any pruning, especially hard pruning.