How to...when is the time to spray our apple tree (it is very tall too

Our apple tree has grown so much, and produces lots of apples but the bugs do get into them. How do we get to the top and around it too.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 18, 2017
    Use a organic systemic insect control

  • Terry Shanks Terry Shanks on Jun 18, 2017
    They need to be trimmed back to around 8 to 10 ft tall and to let light in. The apples will be bigger. If honey bees are around don't spray as it will kill the bees

  • Kari Harlow Kari Harlow on Jun 21, 2017
    I suggest you go to your local tree grower and check with local county cooperative extension. You also need to know what type of bug is getting to the apples as there are many. You can also check on line with your state universities. Using chemicals to treat fruit trees is not easy and can be dangerous. Never mix any chemicals unless specifically stated to do so. Do your homework, if in doubt don't spray anything.
    Depending on how tall your tree is will depend on how much to cut it back. You first must determine which branches are fruit bearing and which are not. Cutting back a fruit tree should be done in the dormant season unless you live in zone 6 or farther north, you should wait until late winter. Familiarize yourself with the fruit bearing branches so when the time comes to prune you know what not to cut. Nobody prunes the same way so try to get advice from several people. The tree will have what we call suckers. These are branches that grow straight up, they all need to go as they will block the sun from getting to the interior of the tree. You want to make sure there are not many branches on the interior of the tree for the same reason. Our trees always looked like a mushroom with half of the top cut off.
    You tube is a wonderful place to watch how to videos on just about any subject. You should check it out. My best advice to you is talk to local experts, people with orchards and scour the internet. Listen to everyone and not just one person.
    Best of luck to you.

    • Jeanne Jeanne on Jun 21, 2017
      Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! we are city people without the expertise and this is very helpful. Gratefully yours, Jeanne

  • Kari Harlow Kari Harlow on Jun 21, 2017
    You are quit welcome.