Fruit trees have been valuable additions to dwelling gardens | Features


ATHENS — Nationally, Americans comprehend Arbor Day in April. However, Georgia celebrates Arbor Day in February annually since this is a much better time to plant trees, providing roots time to mature ahead of the drought and heat of our summertime.

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has lots of tools available to help choose , plant and maintain trees in any landscape.

Fruit trees in particular can add a nice backdrop to a gardengive a little bit of colour during the very warm summer months and, obviously, create tasty and healthy fruit.

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Be cautioned, however, that fruit trees may be a great deal of work. There are a couple of points to consider before choosing plant fruit trees in a house or community garden.

When intending fruit trees in restricted distance, place is the secret. Fruit trees need at least half an hour of sun to become healthy and also to make fruit. Eight into ten hours of sunlight is best.

Also, even though the colour a fruit tree supplies during August might be welcome, don’t produce undesirable color on vegetable plots. Dwarf trees could possibly be the ideal answer . They are also easier to look after than trees that are cultured. Remember that what’s implanted will get larger and taller.

Realize that fruit trees require more care than veggies. They might have to be properly pruned, thinned and fertilized regularly. Apples, peaches and plums can get insects and diseases in Georgia, and this has to be addressed by means of pesticides, fungicides and fleas.

For people that are avoiding using pesticides, developing traditional fruit trees like apples, pears and peaches might not be a fantastic option. Instead, try other fruit plants such as blueberries and figs. UGA Extension Circular 1027-10, “Growing Fruits,” from UGArden Director David Berle and customer horticulturist Robert Westerfield, is an excellent resource on those problems.

Many trees require cross-pollination to create fruit. Growers will require two distinct apple trees and, based upon the variety, might require two distinct pear or plum trees. Most cherry trees self-pollinate, so you will still produce fruit.

Many fruit trees have been bought as bare-root trees which don’t have any soil or planting medium around the roots. For advice on planting them, visit UGA Extension Circular 1061, “Planting Your Bare-Root Fruit Tree.”

If these things haven’t scared you off, check out additional Extension books, such as Circular 742, “Home Garden Pears,” and Circular 740, “Home Garden Apples.”

Another method to consider trees is their own value to pollinators. There are lots of “trees for bees” along with other pollinators which perform well in our Georgia ecosystems. Several indigenous trees have been larval host plants for butterflies. Extension Bulletin 1483, “Selecting Trees and Shrubs as Resources for Pollinators,” is a superb source for Georgia gardeners.

Becky Griffin is a community and school garden planner with University of Georgia Extension.

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