We at the Live Like Ally foundation think that planting fruit trees has some really great benefits! We would love to see every person planting a fruit tree in their front yard to share with the neighborhood or organize a local community orchard planting! Perhaps you already have a fruit tree or are planning to plant some, but are wondering the best way to care for them. Well, we have a couple of tips for you!
It is important to note that conditions widely vary by climate, but there are still a few key ingredients no matter where you live to growing a healthy fruit tree. After choosing a tree suitable for your climate and planting it properly, follow these tips for post-planting care.
1. Mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch around your fruit tree will help keep the soil moist and aid in fertility. There are certainly correct and incorrect ways to mulch, so to learn more you can find a link to a great visual on our Community Fruit Tree Care Guide at robgreenfield.tv/communityfruittreecare.
2. Watering! Regularly watering a freshly planted tree will help its roots establish. We recommend watering a new tree 5-7 times per week for the first two weeks of its establishment. Climate and rainfall conditions will play a role in how often to water once the tree is established. Conversely, if you plant a bare-root/dormant fruit tree (one that is dormant) over-watering can actually be fatal, so only water as necessary (if at all) to keep the roots moist.
3. Compost. Adding compost before you mulch your tree will provide some added nutrients to give your fruit tree a boost. We recommend locally produced compost and not synthetic fertilizers.
4. Some trees require pruning for best results. This often varies by species, but most often it is good to prune while trees are dormant, and the purposes vary widely from removing diseased or dead limbs to structural purposes. You may find resources and guidance in the Community Fruit Tree Care Guide linked above.
We hope these points will help you grow thriving fruit trees! Be sure to check out our resource guide linked above for more in depth information, or reach out if you have any questions! ...