Avoid These Common Fruit Tree Growing Mistakes

In addition to providing a pop of color to your backyard, fruit trees allow you to reap the benefits of all your hard worth with a healthy snack. Unfortunately, many homeowners who do not understand the specific needs of fruit trees will not properly grow, prune, and water their trees, which will lessen the amount of fruit produced. Here are a few common mistakes homeowners should avoid making with their fruit trees.

Planting the Wrong Type of Fruit Tree for Your Area

There are a variety of different fruit trees available, but not all fruit trees will survive in every climate. Do your homework to determine which type of fruit trees will thrive in your area. The best way to find the right fruit trees is to visit your local tree center or garden center to see what types of saplings and seeds are available.

When in doubt, ask a residential tree care service about the best options for your backyard. A professional will help ensure you not only pick the right type of tree, but they can also help you properly care for your trees to ensure they thrive and provide you with fruit.

Not Properly Preparing the Soil

Now that you have the ideal species of fruit tree for your climate, it is time to prepare the soil for the seeds or sapling. Start by having your soil tested to determine the pH and the consistency of the soil. This will allow you to amend the soil with the ideal mixture of nutrients to support the fruit tree.

Once the soil conditions are ideal, check the seed packet or sapling's instructions to determine the proper planting depth. Planting the seeds or seedlings too deep will not allow water and nutrients to reach these depths. Conversely, planting the tree too shallow will not provide enough support to the growing tree.

Improperly Pruning the Trees

Finally, one of the biggest and most common mistakes homeowners make is not properly pruning their fruit tree or worse, skipping the pruning process altogether. Begin by purchasing a pair of quality pruning shears and making sure that the shears are always sharp before pruning. Start by pruning off any decaying or damaged branches—prune these branches at an angle.

In most cases, it is a smart option to have your trees professionally pruned to ensure the trees are pruned properly.

From improper pruning to choosing the wrong varieties for your climate, when it comes to growing fruit trees, there are several common mistakes homeowners make.