Plant Fruit Trees in Your Garden

orange fruit treePlanting trees in your garden comes with many benefits. The first one is that you will save a lot of money on organic fruits expenditure, and it is good for the environment too. Fruit trees can be productive for about 15 to 20 years with minimum effort on your part while during the peak season, the plants can produce more than you can consume. Reasons to plant fruit trees The first reason why you should plant fruit trees is that you are sure of your own supply or organic fruits, and you know exactly what you are eating. This also allows you to have a steady supply of fruit all year round since you can preserve the surplus in fall, and it allows you to share the surplus with friends. The other main benefit is that it allows you to save on organic fruit expenditure since the cost of organic of is always high. Lastly, fruit trees filter the air, provide shade, condition the soil, and attract pollinators to other plants in the garden. Choosing the fruit trees Usually you find them in three main sizes, which are standard, dwarf, and semi-dwarf. The dwarf size is best for small spaces, and they can grow within an 8-inch diameter comfortably. They are also easy to prune and harvest, yet they take shorter to begin producing compared to their taller counterparts. The semi-dwarf sizes require a growing area of about 15 inches in diameter. They need pruning annually to maintain a good shape and the right height. Occasionally, these trees take time off and are unproductive for about one year, more so after a highly productive season. The standard fruit trees are apples, plums, pears and others similar trees. When you choose to plant these fruit trees in your garden, you must have substantial space, and prepare for intensive pruning. They can grow 25 – 30 inches in diameter, and may take several years to reach maturity stage when they begin fruiting. Maintenance The basic maintenance tasks after you plant fruit trees include pruning, weeding, and occasional fertilising. Smaller trees are easier to manage and spray, while larger trees are more difficult to manage. If you choose smaller trees, this will allow you to have many of them within a small space, and at the same time, it will allow you to have a variety of fruits that last longer seasons. Choosing the fruits to plant It is important for you to consider the garden’s soil type as well as the local climatic conditions along with the space available. You can actually ask you local nursery on the varieties that would do well in your area. The other consideration is matching the plants with the soil conditions, for instance, plums do best in moist soil, while apples will do well in drier soil. You must also consider the availability of pollination, since not all fruit trees are self-pollinating. Lastly choose plants that offer an extended harvesting season that will offer maximum return on investment.
7 August 2012Permalink