Having access to a bumper crop of your favorite fruit is something that many families dream about. A few will go on to make their dream into a reality by purchasing and planting fruit trees around their homes. Once the planting process has been completed, these adventurous families often find themselves fussing over these young, growing trees as they wait impatiently that first ripe, delicious fruit.
If you are an impassioned fruit tree owner and guilty of being a just a little bit nuts about their care, here are some helpful tips you can use to bolster tree health and encourage each one to produce fruit as quickly and productively as possible.
Fruit trees have higher nutritional demands than many other types of trees. The process of producing blooms, followed by the demands of growing fruit means that they will grow best and remain healthiest when they receive proper nutritional support. For young trees, applying a high-quality 10-10-10 fertilizer in the early spring will give them the boost of nutrients needed to produce the lush spring growth followed closely by fragrant blossoms and the setting on of young fruits.
Fruit trees also require more water than non-fruiting varieties, especially in areas where rainfall does not occur regularly or in sufficient amounts to provide adequate hydration. In most instances, applying sufficient water to thoroughly soak the soil from the trunk to the drip edge of the tree to root depth at least every other week will provide the extra moisture needed for healthy growth and the production of fruit.
Because fruit trees must be able to support the weight of the enlarging fruit, it is critical to trim them regularly to remove weakened limbs and uneven growth. When trimming needs are not met, overgrown trees will also be more at risk for breakage and damage from wind and storm damage.
Homeowners should also carefully inspect their fruit trees on a regular basis to watch for any signs of stress, damage from rodents or animals, or insect infestation. If inexperienced in caring for their young trees or spotting the potential problems during the inspection process, homeowners should consider investing in professional tree care services.
Tree care professionals can help homeowners perfect their care routines, as well as provide trimming and assistance with issues with insects or problems that can crop up as the young trees grow and begin to mature and produce.