I bought a house and there was an apple tree there. When I bought it in late Sept/Oct there were a few apples on the tree still. I tried a bite out of one that was looking clean and good. It wasted like Fuji apple. I doubt the tree was properly pruned, watered, and plant food.
I want to try to prune this tree back so that next summer I have the best yield of good apples. The tree is close to my house so if I take the little rubber cord that holds the branches up off, then it will impede the walkway on the side of my house.
How should I cut this thing back? I read online some stuff, but it was confusing. I have a lot of branches going up, it looks like that's how the tree was told to grow. Can someone with experience please look at the photos I attach and give me some input? I will number the areas so that it may make it easier for you to give me good replies.