The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, and the warm breeze is blowing. It’s summertime. You have a fruit tree and you want to see some new growth. This is definitely the time of the year to be in the know when it comes to fruit tree care, preventing disease, insect, and weather-related issues.
Consistent pruning helps trees live longer. While most fruit tree pruning occurs in late winter, some can be performed in the summer as well. Certified arborists suggest pruning any new limbs that are growing from the base of the tree or straight up from horizontal limbs before mid-summer.
Frequently inspect your tree’s leaves, bark, branches, and fruit for indications of disease or pests. If you detect something, use the right organic controls to resolve the issue.
It’s best to water infrequently and deeply, instead of just frequently and shallowly. On clay soils, water every two to three weeks.
The frequency will be based on weather conditions: water less during rainy times and more during droughts.
Mulching and Fertilizing
Organic mulch help keep water, deliver organic matter to the soil’s top layer, control weeds and finally help your tree deliver good results. Professional tree contractors recommend spreading a layer of mulch over the root zone and nowhere near the trunk.
When it comes to fertilizing, the amount you do will be based on how good the tree is developing. Putting compost along the base of a young fruit tree and at the drip line of older trees, is good practice.
Spread the Branches
Put wooden spreaders between narrow-angled limbs to gradually move them apart. Or, you can use fishing lines with weights attached, tying them to ends of littler limbs needing to grow more horizontally.
Correctly caring for your fruit trees will help them live longer and produce bigger fruits. If you have questions or want a tree contractor to assess your tree, contact Rochester Tree Service.
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