Pay attention to these suggestions and your trees will stay at a manageable height while producing lots of fruit. Arborists help homeowners to see it isn’t hard to care for fruit trees.
Keep the Soil Moist with Water
Before planting a fruit tree, you should soak its root ball in the water, completely saturating it. After planting, soak the roots with your water hose.
After the first watering, take a look at the soil’s moisture level using a moisture meter to decide how often and how much to irrigate, which varies depending on the season.
At sunrise, water your fruit tree from the drip line out, standing one to two feet away from the tree until the meter says moist.
Mulch for Beneficial Bacteria
Putting some mulch around the bottom of your fruit tree does more than regulate moisture and soil temperatures while blocking weeds. The right kind of mulch can enrich the biodiversity in the soil, which encourages root growth. Make sure the mulch is six to eight inches away from the bark to deter decay.
Change the Fertilizer
You should use specific fertilizer formulations according to what you want from the tree. There is a fertilizer that is used to help your tree grow to a mature height and another one for producing fruit. Also, make sure to prune your fruit tree, preferably in the wintertime.
Once the tree reaches a height that’s easy to handle, change to a fertilizer that sustains developing fruit, roots, and flowers. Use a blend that contains a nitrogen level that is two or three times lower than the potassium and phosphorus. This way, you don’t have to waste time trimming unwanted growth.
Prune for Shape
You can control the size of your by cutting off any limbs that go beyond the traditional habit. This is also the time to spray the tree with a hose fitted with a high-pressure sprayer. The burst of water is enough to clear scale, dust, cobwebs, and aphids. The good thing is it won’t damage your foliage.
If you need help in maintaining your fruit trees, ask a tree service company.
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