I took an organic gardening course before we bought our house.  I had big plans even back then!  I put all of my notes and the handouts  in a folder with the hopes that one day I’d get to use them.   I guess the expression “good things come to those who wait” keeps me going!  We were given two apple trees as a house warming present (what an awesome gift!) and we added a pear tree ourselves.  So it was time to do the year 2 pruning according to my notes.  Per my class:

From November through February Select 4 primary branches with good spacing and balance.  Cut back by half.  Remove any unwanted branches.  At end of season (Oct), strong secondary branches will have formed.

There, that’s done!  You can see the nice apples we had last season!