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4 Ways to Make Your Fruit Trees Produce More Every Season

Few things are more satisfying to a gardener than a healthy tree full of fruit, whether it be apples, cherries, pears or peaches. IF you don’t think that your fruit trees are producing the way they could, there are ways to encourage them to produce more every season. Here are four of them.

Prune

Pruning fruit trees while they’re young helps them to be strong enough to both nourish and support the fruit that they bear. Ideally, a fruit tree should have a central trunk and the side branches should be evenly spaced and not crossing or touching. They should all be able to get plenty of sunlight.

Fruit trees should be pruned while the tree is still dormant, ideally at the very end of winter. If there are buds on the tree, leave it for next season. When pruning, cut the limb close to the trunk and leave a collar. Make sure that the pruning tool is sharp to avoid crushing the limb. Water sprouts and root suckers should also be pulled off. They sap the trees energy and don’t produce fruit.

Attract Pollinators

Attract pollinators such as honeybees, bumblebees and other types of bees, butterflies, moths, bats and hummingbirds to your trees. Even ants can be excellent pollinators. To do this, you’ll need to be chary with the pesticides or only use them at times when the pollinators aren’t visiting the flowers on your trees.

Hire a Residential Tree Service

If caring for your fruit trees is a bit too labor intensive or if you’re not confident about your skills when it comes to tasks like pruning, you can use a residential tree service. These professional arborists can do the hard work of pruning and other jobs and give you advice on how to make sure your trees bear abundantly over the years.

Plant Dwarf Varieties

A standard fruit tree can take as long as seven years before it starts to produce fruit. If you’re just not that patient, dwarf varieties of your fruit trees are not only smaller, but they start to produce fruit earlier. Since they don’t take up as much space as standard trees, they are just the thing for you if you don’t have a huge orchard. Because they’re so small, they’re also easier to take care of.

Encouraging your trees to bear more fruit does take care and maintenance that go beyond the four items listed. You’ll also need to know what kind of soil you have in your garden and be vigilant about pests and diseases. Most of all, you may just have to be patient. In the end, you could be rewarded with trees that can bear lavishly for decades.

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Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

 

 

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