There is plenty of appeal to planting an apple tree in your yard. Not only are they bountiful providers of fresh, delicious produce, they’re aesthetically pleasing trees that add charm to any landscaping. However, it is important to do your research and find out exactly what it takes to raise and care for one. Fruit trees are delicate and more susceptible to pest and disease infestations. For these reasons, they require a separate set of tree maintenance regimens to promote the best yields possible. Keep on reading to learn which facets of apple tree planting you want to consider.
The timing and climate for planting an apple tree has to be right if you would like your tree to produce good yields. The appropriate time to plant an apple tree is based on the area you live, but also the species of the apple tree. In most areas, spring is the ideal time to plant anything. This is when temperatures and weather conditions are milder. It’s also the rainy season, which is what helps stimulate spring growth. In regions where temperatures remain mild year-round, fall may also be a successful time to plant one. Ask your city’s extension office to determine that apple varieties are best for your area.
When you need to plant your tree, you must consider pollination cycles. They require cross pollination, which requires planting two unique species of apple tree which blossom at the same time. There are several other equally effective procedures of cross pollination also. As an example, you can be successful at cross-pollination when you’ve got a close friend with a crab apple tree or other apple tree that also blooms at the same time. In actuality, you can just borrow a branch, stick it into a bucket of water, and place it under your tree during its blooming season.
Not only does the location matter, the soil properties do as well. An apple tree takes a generous quantity of sunlight, at least 6 hours each day, as well as, soil that’s well-drained and has the proper pH levels. Soil that is too acidic or to foundation, can be improper conditions for many tree species. You can purchase a soil testing kit to check your soil’s pH level, but you must also consider compaction and drainage. This is why it is crucial to use an organic mulch at the base of your tree.
Ongoing maintenance is important. Without routine tree care, especially in the immediate years following planting, an apple tree can go into decline. They’re also highly susceptible to pests and nuisance wildlife interference since apples are sweet, juicy, and delicious. In its first years, it is going to require insecticide application every two weeks during its blooming stage. This will deter fungus and insects. On top of pest and disease control, you will also have to properly prune branches and thin out canopies at the right times per year. Talk to a local tree care provider for these services.