Top Questions About Apple Trees

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Questions About Apple Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 22, 2010

Q. Grass Growth Under Apple Tree

Not for lack of trying, grass growth under our apple tree dies off every year no matter how much top dressing you perform or heavy constant watering , overseeding, etc. Could it be the acidic soil from the fruit? The tree adds a beautiful touch to its corner of the yard,  I’m afraid it may get the old George Washington soon in lieu of grass. Any suggestions on remedying this problem?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 22, 2010
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Grass is very difficult to grow under any tree, but there are a few things you can do. First, have the tree's branches thinned out. This will improve the light that makes it to below the tree; and for an apple, it makes for better fruit anyway. Next, have the soil tested and treat it for whatever the test recommends. Third, make sure that the area is getting adequate water. Trees drink a huge amount of water and in order for the grass to grow, you will need supplemental water under the tree.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 5, 2011

Q. Apple Trees from Seedling

I am growing apple trees from seeds. The trees are now 4 feet high with no branches.  When will they start to branch, or what do I do to get them to branch?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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They should branch on their own here in the next year or so. You can force them to branch now by nipping the top, but I would not recommend that as this will result in a tree that looks more like a shrub than a tree.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 6, 2011

Q. Rabbits Eating Lower Bark of Apple Trees

I have two beautiful apple trees. They are about 3 years old. Rabbits have eaten off the bark of both trees (100% around the tree for about 3 feet). Can the trees be salvaged?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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Unfortunately, it is unlikely the trees can be saved if they have been that severely girdled. If you are very attached to these trees, I would call a local arborist to look at them and they may be able to help.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 6, 2011

Q. Starting Espaliers

I recently bought two-year-old apple trees and want to train them as an espalier. The lowest branches are too high for my desired lowest tier. If I cut the trees back to this height now, will they sprout new growth at this height or will it kill them off?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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It would most likely kill them to be cut back that severely. Plus, if it did survive and regrow, the growth it would have would not be suitable for espalier.

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Asked by
skwraoe1 on
March 19, 2011

Q. First Year After Planting a Fugi Apple Tree

It is now spring and the tree is “alive” but the buds are not coming out, although they are there, and they are a gray color. What is going on? What can I do to help this tree?

Answered by
Heather on
March 21, 2011
Certified Expert
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If the plant is still alive, then I would give it a little more time. While it is spring, tress rely on more than the temperature to tell them when to grow. For example, the amount of light a tree gets plays a large role in how and when it starts to grow. The days are getting longer and the tree should start to open its buds when the light it gets is long enough.

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Asked by
adriana812 on
March 29, 2011

Q. What’s This Liquid Coming Out of My Tree?

I just bought a house with a beautiful apple tree in the backyard. Last night, while watering, I noticed a liquid coming out of a spot where the branches have been cut. The liquid doesn’t look like sap, more the water. I don’t believe this to be an infection from cutting off the branch because it seems to have been cut several months before.
The apple tree has gone uncared for for a long time, but seems healthy for the most part and still had apples on it when we bought the house in December. Any idea what this liquid might be? is there any chance we can make it healthy again? and will my other fruit trees have the same thing?

Answered by
Heather on
March 30, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is likely sap. Sap in the spring is very watery. It will be fine and this will not hurt the plant. It is common for recent pruning cuts to do this in the spring when sap runs.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 11, 2011

Q. Apple Tree

We have a 40-year-old apple tree, which last year had few leaves and blossoms and a few apples. This year the tree is completely bare. In the winter large fungi came from the base of the trunk all the way around. Does this mean it’s dying?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 11, 2011
Certified Expert
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Trees, like animals, have lifespans. Most apple trees live only 15-20 years, so yours is quite old and is most likely dying from old age. The fungi is most likely not causing it to die, but is simply being opportunistic and attaching to a dying tree.

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