We have an older cherry tree in the garden, it feels like the previous owner never cared about trimming it?
which branches should be cut ideally? when? what shape should the tree have?
my gut feeling:
- the four thinner branches at the bottom should go? they prevent the main stem from growing?
- the two bigger branches at the bottom maybe too? same reason? it just doesn‘t look tree-ish to me.
- half of the branches or more in the middle part should go? there is not enough sun/air for the fruits otherwise.
- everything above a certain height needs to go, best by cutting a bigger branch above a side branch?
and how can we prevent the suffering from those cuts?
i think there was an expert gardener here two years ago, but he just removed some small branches here and there, nothing bigger, so would not really be gappy to call him again.
location is germany if that matters.
here‘s a photo of the tree, for scale: the pole in the background is around 2 meters high, so the first "real" branches are around 1.8 meters. the first branches at the bottom, which i think need to be cut, maybe start at 0.5 meters. the whole tree is around 4-5 meters high, you can't really see it on the photo because there's a huge green hedge behind it. :)