We have two or three (they are all very close and twisted around so it's hard to tell) very LARGE, old apple trees in our yard..
They are currently blooming with their beautiful reddish pink flowers.. I noticed last week as my family and I were wandering around under them (my daughter LOVES to climb them) there is a lot of old dead branches..
Many of the branches have small new green leaves and then 6+ inches of dead twig that sticks out past the green leaves. Most times this extra length is dead and snaps loud and brittle.. (it's also brown and white in color inside)
I am curious as to:
how to go about pruning out this dead wood (can i get a ladder?)
Should i cut back anything that's alive?
Thanks so much for your help,
I can/will post pictures of them if anyone would like..
(they are really beautiful and strange w/ their contortions)