The health of your fruit trees is of upmost importance, but the required maintenance is not as difficult as you may think. There are a few essential things that you must do: start by planting it the right way; harvest the fruit on the tree at different times; make sure you have healthy soil; keep an eye for pests; make sure the tree is protected during its youth.
Let’s begin by planting the tree the right way
If you want to grow a healthy tree, you must start by planting it the correct way. In the case that you don’t know how to plant a tree the right way, look for instructions on how to do it. When planting a tree, make sure that it is perfectly vertical, so it won’t grow all crooked. You should also spread out its roots, this way the tree will gain stability. By spreading its roots, you will also be optimizing its water intake, which will help the tree grow stronger, produce more fruit, and live longer.
Know when and how to harvest the fruit
Not harvesting all of the fruit at the same time ensures that you will have a healthier tree. If you don’t harvest any of the tree’s fruit, the weight of it will become too much for it. All of the fruit’s weight can become too heavy and snap the tree’s branches. Therefore, you should start picking up some of the fruit as soon as it begins growing, even before it’s completely ready. Picking some of the fruit early is beneficial for your tree. Do it, even if you don’t want to. Keep in mind that you are doing this as a prevention of the tree becoming too heavy; do not over harvest. Over harvesting the tree can be equally damaging.
If you want a fertile tree, you must plant it on fertile soil
Planting the tree in fertile soil is necessary for its healthy growth. Planting the tree in soil that does not have the proper nutrients will make it grow weak and not produce enough fruit. Due to the fact that some types of trees adapt better to a drier soil, while others do better in a damper soil, you have to keep in mind to which type of soil your tree will be suited for. Just find out the types of nutrients your desired tree requires and you’ll know whether your soil is ready to plant it or if you need to modify it in any way.
Keep the pests away
A very important part to a tree’s health is to always be in the lookout for pests. By eliminating places where pests might live and reproduce, you will be protecting your tree from any potential damage these pests could cause. Be aware of old piles of brush, weeds, old leaves, or any other decaying matter where pests could be hiding. Furthermore, regularly turn over a little bit of soil around your tree and look for pests that could be hiding underground. The ones that usually cause the bigger problems are the ones that are hidden.
Protecting the young ones
Just as with humans, the most vulnerable phase of a tree is during their development. Protecting them when they are young and fragile is very important. In areas seasonally hit by high winds, it is recommended to tie your tree down to a stake. This will prevent the winds from damaging it. But make sure you don’t tie too hard. There should always be room from the tree trunk to grow. Another way to safeguard your young tree is to put a small fence around it. The fence will keep it safe from any animals, both wild and domesticated, that could eat its bark if given the chance.
Following this advice will help you grow healthier trees. Although it is said that we should learn from our own mistakes, I think it is better to learn from the mistakes of others. Hopefully you’ll learn from the mistakes of others. Just remember to always look up information on the type of tree you have, so that you can find out what’s the exact care it requires. And please, take good care of your trees.