Before buying and planting your new fruit trees, consider the following points to ensure long-term success and satisfaction:
It's important to consider the size your fruit trees will be upon maturity so you know where to plant them in your yard. They should be planted far enough away from your home, fence, and other structures in your yard that they'll be less likely to cause damage if their branches break off for some reason once they become full size.
If you're unsure of whether a planting spot you like is too close to a structure, use a measuring tape to measure out the longest expected mature branch of the tree you're planting. Then plant the tree at least a foot further away than the measured length. This should minimize the chance of damage occurring, especially in storms, as time goes on.
Another consideration to make when planting your new fruit trees is the need for ongoing pruning. Your trees need to be pruned regularly so their top branches don't become so big or full that they shade the lower branches. If the lower branches don't get enough sunlight, they won't be able to produce as much fruit as they're capable of.
Pruning your trees will also keep them at a reasonable size so harvesting your fruit is safe and convenient. Properly pruned trees are less likely to succumb to disease and more likely to produce bigger fruits. It's a good idea to have a professional prune your trees regularly for you to ensure that no damage is done to the trees during the process. Improper pruning can leave open wounds and make your trees more susceptible to disease.
It's also crucial to think about when you want to harvest fruit throughout the year. Do you want to harvest one large bounty of fruit each year, or would you prefer to harvest fruit sporadically so you have access to free food year-round?
If you want to harvest just once a year, you'll want to grow trees that come to fruit during the same season. If you want to harvest all year, you will have to grow trees that bear fruit during different seasons. For instance, you can grow apples, pears, persimmons and dates to harvest during the months of September and October, give or take.
If you want to harvest all year, add limes, pomelos, mandarin oranges, guavas, and cherimoyas to the mix. And there are a few fruit trees you can plant that will produce free food for you all year long, such as lemons and and navel oranges.Contacy a service, like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc., for more help.