One of the secondary branches on my apple tree broke just where it joins the main branch:
The branch is now hanging by just a little strip of wood and bark:
I understand that the wound can't be repaired and that I should remove the broken branch. If possible, I want to do that in a way that preserves the rest of the main branch (it's the biggest one on the tree, and will be even with this part missing).
- Exactly where should I cut the broken branch? At the wound site or a little further down the branch?
- How do I treat the wound on the main branch to prevent diseases or infections from getting a foothold?