With the increasing popularity of the home orchard, and the prevalence of fruit trees in your yard even without an orchard, it is important to know how to tend you fruit trees correctly. Trimming these fruit trees regularly and properly will ensure a beautiful bloom, fruits every flowering season, and a healthy, happy tree in your orchard or lawn. If you do not presently have a fruit bearing tree on your property, you should consider getting one, as it brings a natural vibrancy to any home landscaping project, and provides you with delicious and nutritious food. Consider the following tips to keeping your fruit tree lush and healthy.
The “Golden Ratio”
The first thing that you should know is the “golden ratio” for trimming your fruit tree. While it is a difficult task to do, if you do not have the time, it is recommended that you choose an arborist to do it for you. If not, remember like any foliage, cutting away dead or dying parts of the tree will encourage new growth. While each tree species has a different optimal amount of trimming, most fruit trees have a twenty-percent ratio of optimal trimming. This means that you should cut no more than twenty percent of the tree during the season, or you risk causing damage to your tree.
What To Cut
The next thing you should be aware of is the type of tree you are tending. An apple tree has longer branches toward the middle, while a lime or lemon tree tends to fan out. You want to cut the branches where you will not be able to reach the fruit, and where you think the fruit may be too heavy and cause the branch to bend or snap. Again it is recommended that you use a tree trimming service for this, because it can be difficult to know which branches must be trimmed if you are untrained. Cut the branches that are too high or that will not handle the fruit load and you will be able to get your fruit anytime the tree is blooming.
New Fruit Trees
If you are planning to plant a new fruit tree, make sure it is in an area with no other trees to block the sunlight, or contaminate the fruit. If there is another tree in the way, consider contacting a tree removal expert. The sap or pollen from other trees can cause your new fruit tree problems if it is too close.
The Right Tools
As with any other type of plant trimming, be sure you have sharp clippers, a jagged or broken edge will not grow back as uniformly or as healthy. You may need a sharp saw, and a pair of sharp clippers. Do not use a pair of clippers that have a ragged head, as it will damage the tree.
Now that you know how to cut your fruit bearing tree properly, go out there and make it all that it can be. Let it be fruitful and multiply!