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 I'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 it'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. I'm debating on whether or not I'll plant any more fruit trees because I'm tired of cleaning up fruit of the ground, flyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and now rats.