The decision to buy an apricot tree and maybe some other fruit trees was a good one. Now you want to make sure that the trees have a chance to mature and eventually bear fruit. For that to happen, they need to make it through the winter. With fruit trees, it's not a matter of leaving them as-is and hoping for the best. There are specific steps you can take to prepare those trees for the winter and ensure that they don't sustain damage during the cold weather. Here are some basic tips that will help you handle the preparation for just about any type of fruit tree.
If you have available space in a greenhouse or conservatory you will quickly come to realise that this adds a valuable extra dimension to your fruit tree growing exploits. Not only are there a number of fruit trees that will appreciate the protection and warmer environment, that might be unsuitable for your garden space, you will also get the benefit of earlier crops too.
Fruit trees are a long term investment; treated kindly they can reward year on year for easily 20 years or more. So having gone to the time and trouble buying and planting them it makes perfect sense to go that little bit further with your investment – keeping them in the pink.
The process of preparing fruit trees for the cold weather is not as difficult as some may think. In fact, you may already be doing some of what must be done to prepare them. To keep things easy, make use of these five steps. They can be accomplished without much difficulty, and they will go a long way toward making sure the trees remain healthy and ready to begin again in the spring.
While summer can mean enjoying rain now and then, don’t assume that it will be enough to keep the trees in top condition. Be prepared to water the trees at least a few times a week. While it’s fine to skip a day when it’s rained, don’t allow the trees to go more than three days without some sort of water.
What is pruning anyway? Basically, it’s the act of trimming. The goal is to remove whatever is no longer alive or is not desirable for some reason by clipping it away. Typically, pruning refers to trimming unwanted growth or dead limbs and branches from trees, shrubs, or bushes.
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