With proper care, apple trees will provide a wonderful harvest year after year. Using the proper tools is important, so be sure to have these on hand:
-A pole pruner with a removable curved-blade pruning saw and a compound-action pruner (also known as a pruner head) to cut the higher, thicker branches.
-A razor-tooth pruning saw (also known as a folding saw) which is for small branches less than 2 inches thick.
-A bypass pruner for the smallest branches that are less than 1/2 inch thick.
For more information about pruning, check out the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. Special thanks to Corona Clipper for giving a razor-tooth saw and bypass pruner to our viewer mail participant.