Trimming Espalier Apple Trees

When we took over a property in Middlebury a couple of years ago, we inherited 3 espalier apple trees.  Unfortunately, the trees were quite overgrown when we arrived.  One of the the items on the homeowners list was to get the apples trees back under control.

Espaliered Apple Trees

Typically, apples are pruned in the off season but this job couldn’t wait so we set out to take control of the apples in the early summer. It was quite a job getting them back into shape but with some prudent pruning, we were able to not only bring them back to form but also have them back onto the horizontal plane of the brick wall.

Recently pruned espaliered apple trees
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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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