Common Fruit Tree Question: What Should I Do Differently? - Arbor Safe

Common Fruit Tree Question: What Should I Do Differently? - Arbor Safe

A fruit tree is just a tree, right? Yes…and no. It is a tree and needs many of the same basic elements to survive. However, unlike your other trees, fruit trees provide more than just shade in the summer and a bounty of leaves to rake in the fall! If properly managed, they can provide pounds and pounds of fresh fruit to enjoy each year. Here are just a few things to make your fruit trees produce better than ever!

PROPER PRUNING IS VITAL FOR FRUIT TREES

It’s vital to keep your trees pruned to see the best results. Removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches is the first step. Be sure to cut them close to the larger limb and not leave small stubs whenever possible. Be aware of sprouts coming from the trunk than may also steal nutrients from the fruit. Cut them close as well.

Fruit Trees Need Special Attention

THIN YOUR TREE’S FRUIT

It may seem counterproductive, but by removing some of the fruit from your tree early on, you’ll encourage more growth among the remaining fruit. You’re “thinning” the amount of fruit in the tree so the remaining fruit will flourish. Depending on where you are in the country, this is typically done in the spring and is likely finished prior to late June or July.

HEADING BACK YOUR TREE

Strategically trimming the outermost portions of the tree will cause the remaining branches to become shorter and thicker. This is better for supporting heavier fruits that may break weaker branches. Most arborists recommend cutting approximately 20 to 30 percent of last year’s growth to encourage those stronger and thicker branches.

There is more involved in owning high-producing fruit trees. If you try to manage it yourself and find that you’re experiencing difficulties, give Arbor-Safe Professional Tree Management a call and we’ll be happy to help! Together, we’ll make sure your trees produce more fruit than ever!

Commercial or residential, we look forward to being your tree professionals.

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