Mr. Mayor, you bring up a good point regarding the prunint of the apple trees. They are not like the rotisserie cokkers where you set them and forget them, they have to be pruned and sprayed for maximum productivity, I have noticed that they have to be sprayed when they bloom. Some type of varmit attacks them here as soon as they bloom and puts the hurt on the possible apple at that point and the humidity creastes a fungus that discolors the apple. It seems that they have to be pruned every season and if you don’t they get all kinds of crazy branches.Even pruning requires skill.
I noticed when I was in Yakima Washington, some growers were extremely creative with their pruning and had created trellis’s a bit like grapes and they simply drove under them and picked the apples.
in most of the huge orchards, it seemed that most of the trees were less than ten feet tall and they had some age on them also.
In that area, there is very little humidity, abundance of water and they seem to grow everything.
Paul E. Smith