My apricot tree is about 15 years old and has produced some fine apricots over of the years, but not so much in the last couple of years. I was worried that it may have been the same bugs that killed my 1st apricot and peach tree 10 years ago.
This year my neighbor was complaining about rats so I started looking for signs of them and I found a pile of apricot seeds along with rat droppings near a common wall between the properties. So I set up a trap and caught one. Well I was horrified because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never even knew they were anywhere nearby and I panicked. I removed all the apricots from the tree and I also cut all the branches with new apricots.
This is what it looked like right after I pruned it:
NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THIS:
My question is did my tree die because of the time of pruning or of how much I pruned?
I also did the same thing to an apple tree about 10 ft away and lost 5 major branches that completely dried up. I still have about half the tree still growing. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little iffy and I may lose it as well.
All of my fruit trees have been excellent producers for about 5 years then slowly went south manly because of bugs. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m debating on whether or not IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll plant any more fruit trees because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m tired of cleaning up fruit of the ground, flyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and now rats.