Why Fruit trees are a beautiful addition to a garden. If cared for properly, they can flourish and bare tasty fresh fruit from the garden. They come in a colorful array of trees. The sky’s the limit when choosing the type of tree that you want and you can have a little fun in mixing and matching them with other breeds of fruit tree. There is a science and an art that allows you to do that. If done wrong, these rather expensive trees could actually feed off of or kill each others root systems. Here we will tell you how to care for your fruit trees and how to Xeriscape them. Why isn’t EVERYONE planting fruit trees? Duh?
What is Xeriscape
Xeriscaping is a modern word that, up until just recently, you didn’t find in the dictionary. This is a process of planting any plant, tree or shrub with other plants, trees and shrubs that will take well with each other. This came about because nowadays we have so many varieties of plant, tree and shrub that when planted too close to another variety–they actually poison each other–among other things. So, there is now a way to look up and see what you can and what you should not put together. It’s that simple and a very valuable thing to consider. It was originally made to plant for conserving water in arid climates which California has plenty of. We’ve got your back when it comes to your landscape design.
Determining the Type
Determining the type of tree is easy–it’s what you picture eating at the breakfast table in the morning and picking off the tree in the sweet morning dew. Now, look up the stats on those trees and see whether or not you have enough sun and enough space. Then, see if the tree will bare fruit in your climate and how much time it takes to do so if time is a factor for you.
Facts you Should Know
Fruit trees can take anywhere from one to several years to bear fruit. On top of that your climate and soil have to be correct to bare fruit. You can conceivably plant a fruit tree and have it bear nothing–ever. Or it may be fruitful once and stop or bare small inedible fruits. There are some low maintenance fruit trees out there but regardless there has to be proper climate, soil and environment in order to get the fruit to bare. For example, some trees come in what’s called a 700 hour blossom. If you live in intense cold climates but they are unstable, your 700 hour peach will blossom too early and then the blooms will inevitably be ruined so the fruit won’t come back. Or like a 700 hour cherry tree. If you don’t get that many hours of straight guaranteed chill–guess what? You may as well have planted an evergreen because green is all you’re gonna get!
Depending on how much the instructions say you need to water your fruit tree–mulch is a great way to reduce water needs and allow the tree to keep its maximum amount.
The fertilization of your fruit tree is most important. Make sure you use a good organic fruit tree food. Make sure you avoid over fertilizing –sometimes less is more unless otherwise suggested for that variety. But, you have to read the package carefully otherwise burning the roots will ruin the tree. It takes a lot to bounce back from that dilemma so better to avoid it altogether.
Pruning will depend on the variety of tree as far as how much you prune off the tree and the frequency. Again, this is in the instructions. And a little research into your climate may be a great help. Some trees only require a specialized pruning once or twice per year and others require more frequent dead wood removal etc.
Here at Orange County Best Tree Care we provide the best care for your indigenous and non native fruit trees. We know Orange County. We know the residents we serve and we know what your faves are. If you haven’t used us yet call, strive to impress with our Tree knowledge!