My apple tree (far right in the photo) doesn’t look like that anymore, after that wild windstorm in the summer. Missing that large, central branch now.
Even though I’ve been taking that arborist course, I was still unsure how to prune for the best tree structure going forward. It didn’t look pretty, with a gaping wound in the front of the trunk, and the other branches compensating with oddly placed growth spurts.
With the advice I got from my instructor, I’m feeling good about pulling out the pruners. But it still makes me realize how much I have to learn!