Fruit trees give beauty to the landscape while also providing delicious fruits each year. You can select fruit seeds such as apples, peaches, plums, cherries, blueberries, blackberries for growing in your garden. However, it is important to note that they require regular maintenance to flourish. With proper attention, a tree can produce fruit for up to fifty years.
In order to maintain a steady growth of the fruit trees, an appropriate climate is essential as tree growth is dependent on micro and macro climate-related factors.
It is not unusual to see weed growth at the base of the tree. This growth can affect the tree and prevent normal growth by taking in all its nutrients. You can remove weeds by using pine needles or by applying bark mulch to the base of the tree. Apply this over the lifetime of the tree. Lawn fertilizer can be applied during spring and fall seasons. Some fruit takes many years to yield and so patience is required. For example, plum trees take up to six years and peach trees take two to four years to mature and produce fruit. When a fruit tree blossoms, remove the fruit-producing flowers to make way for another year of growth and development in the tree.
The fruit trees must be protected from pests, disease, and wildlife. Insecticides can be sprayed to the trees to keep away the pests. Pests can be controlled using organic pest control products, the chief benefit being that they are safer to use than their chemical counterparts. In order to avoid diseases, remove the bad fruits or instead of plant disease-tolerant trees.
Regular pruning of fruit trees will improve the growth and quality of the fruit. The best time to prune is when they are dormant. First, remove the bad branches. Check every fork of the tree, cut away one branch and keep horizontal benches five inches apart. At the same time ensure that over-pruning is not carried out as this can cause tree damage. Each tree has own ripening periods. So you can broaden the harvest, by planting a different type of trees. In some regions, fresh fruits are available throughout the year.