Richard Hentschel, Host of Green Side Up talks about why it is so important to prune your fruit trees. It is a balance between managing annual growth and fruit production. Once your tree begins to fruit, then energy is diverted into the apple, lessoning the annual foliage growth. Spur type trees will mean less pruning than a regular tree. Be sure you know if you are buying a dwarf or semi dwarf or even a double dwarf since that influences future pruning a tree size.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.