Although it's cold and snowy, winter is a great time to prune as the apple trees are dormant. That means there isn't any sap flowing.
|Decked out in full winter attire|
|Notice the water spouts at the base of this trunk, on the right side.|
You also don't want to prune when there are apples on the tree. Falling branches can knock apples down or bruise them.
Pruning in winter doesn't come without its issues though. We found ourselves sinking in the deep snow so we decided to strap on snowshoes. They proved a bit difficult to manuvre in.
Now you might be wondering, didn't we prune our apple trees in November too? It's true, we did. At that time we were simply removing dead branches which is something you can do at any time of year. If a branch is dead nothing more can hurt it so you can feel free to remove these branches whenever you see them. We also removed three trees in their entirety. Again, at this point you're killing the tree anyway so it doesn't matter when it's done.
|This tree had many low hanging branches on the left side.|