Growing your own food is something that can help to reduce your outgoings as well as being great for the environment. Having your own fruit trees provides you with tasty treats that you know haven’t had to travel far to get to you!
If you are planning to plant some fruit trees of your own, here is a guide to increasing your chances of success with them and what to look out for in order to keep the trees healthy…
First of all, you need to consider carefully where you position your fruit trees. As well as ensuring that they have enough space to grow, you also need to ensure that they are on the right type of soil to keep them healthy, and also that they have the right amounts of sunlight and shade. This of course varies between trees, so always check – most fruit trees prefer to be in direct sunlight, however there are some that can grow in a shady area, such as gooseberries and redcurrants so plan out what will go where before you start planting.
Something else to bear in mind when you are growing fruit trees, is to attract pollinators, such as bees to the trees. A spot that is sheltered is best, as strong winds can be off putting for bees and you are likely not going to have as many bees visit an exposed area – which then results in a poor crop of fruits due to the lack of pollination. Bear in mind that the fruit trees flower in spring too when the weather can be a little unpredictable.
Weather can be problematic for fruit trees, especially during the winter. Different trees will have different tolerances, but frost is a big problem for many types, so make sure that you protect the trees from frosts and low temperatures during the winter months. You can use polythene fleeces to protect trees in the winter.
You can also benefit from having a professional help you to keep your trees healthy. Getting someone like Geoffrey Urch tree surgery Gloucester based company to come and maintain your fruit trees will not only keep them healthy but ensure that you continue to get a good crop from them each year.