Owning fruit trees is a definite benefit of your property. Throughout the summer you can enjoy home-grown fruits such as apples, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, and plums. If you have many fruit trees, you may notice an abundance of production that you can't quite keep up with, which can lead to rotting produce on the ground. Even worse, too much fruit production can cause your trees to bear smaller, less tasty treats that are not as appealing to eat. Managing your fruit trees with the assistance of a professional tree specialist, or arborist, can help you love your trees and keep your landscape beautiful. Here are tips for keeping your produce in check.
Trim your trees every year
Overgrown fruit trees produce way too much fruit that is difficult to keep up with. To keep your shrubbery looking beautiful and healthy, have them trimmed every year before the budding season begins. Your arborist will want to trim your trees in the late fall or late winter to ready your trees for spring production.
Cut down a few trees
If you can't keep up with the amount of fruit you are getting, then the number of trees you have may be to blame. Cut down mature trees that are reaching the end of their life cycle and producing weak fruit or ones that have been known to have weak production in the past. You don't want to cut down young trees unless you don't like their location or they have been showing poor growth. This allows you to focus mainly on your healthier, more successful trees and also keeps your overall fruit production in check. If you have a tree that bears sweets you don't particularly like, it's best to remove the tree than let it go to waste every year.
If you only want your trees to produce fruit every few years or every other year, then you can have your arborist chemically sterilize a few of your trees for the season. This does not harm the growth of the tree and allows you to can and eat the fruit you have already without the worry of having to repeat the process every year. This is a great option for you if you also love the decorative appeal of your trees and don't want to have any of them removed. Talk to your aborist about this option, and work with them to pick which trees are best for chemical sterilization for the season.
When I was young, I loved helping my mother in the garden. Our yard was filled with plants and flowers that she kept in immaculate condition. Once I was an adult and bought my first home, I learned that there was much more to landscaping a yard than I ever imagined! After a little trial and error planting a few flowers in my yard that died quickly, I realized the technology that is available to aspiring gardeners makes trial and error a thing of the past. After I found out what my "hardiness zone" was, I realized I was planting flowers made for much cooler climates, and I played around with software that let me design my yard very easily! I learned a lot throughout the experience, so I thought I would share my tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often to check out my new tips!