If you have extra land in your backyard, you can start having your own plant orchard of fruit and nut trees. However, you have to be mindful that you can’t just plant any tree that you like, or don’t expect that you’ll always get the results that you’ve always wanted. There are specific things that you have to put in mind to keep the trees healthy and most importantly, alive.
Here are some things that you have to know about growing fruit and nut trees successfully in Edmonton!
Choosing The Right Fruit And Nut Trees
One of the most important things that you have to remember when growing fruit and nut trees is that not every single one of them can grow in your area. It is important that you properly choose trees which are suited to your climate.
Depending on your location, different kinds of trees may grow. You may check for online resources and which ones can grow in your vicinity. Alternatively, you may also check out some of the local nurseries nearby and see which plants, fruit and nut trees are grown so you will have an idea on which one can live.
When sourcing your fruit trees, be mindful of their age. Fruit trees need to be at least 2 years old and at least 2 feet tall. Nut trees, on the other hand, have to be at least three years old ranging from six to eight feet in height. If you have chosen to grow those trees which are branch-less and smaller, it is important that you are aware that they grow faster and vigorously as compared to other tree types.
Locating A Proper Drainage System Is Essential
One of the secrets of successful tree planting and caring is that these plants require proper drainage. This is one of the main elements of ensuring that your fruit and nut trees, or any type of tree for that matter, get all the nutrients that it need. One way of determining whether your soil has good drainage is by digging a hole, approximately 32 inches deep and 8 inches in width. Do this when the weather is cold and soil is moist.
Fill in that hole that you dug up with water and wait for 2 days. The amount of water that you needed is around 7 gallons. If, within an hour, the water has drained, it simply means that your spot is nearly perfect for drainage. If the 7 gallons of water has drained within 7 hours to 2 days, it is still acceptable, but the faster the water is absorbed, the greater the drainage system would be. If it has passed 2 days and water hasn’t still been drained, it means that your backyard has a poor drainage system and growing fruit and nut trees may be difficult to achieve.
Alternatively, you just have to plant your trees and keep them elevated, approximately a feet high.
Perfect timing is essential when planting your trees. While most of the roots of these trees would be damaged while taking it out from its original home, you have to do whatever it takes to re-grow those roots back.
Caring And Tree Maintenance
This is possibly one of the most difficult things to do when caring for fruit and nut trees. It is important for you to remember that if you’re successful with your planting, fruit trees should start bearing fruits after a year of planting them in your backyard.
Keeping your trees free from bushes, weeds and other wild plants play a significant role in helping them grow faster. Applying fertilizer and nitrogen occasionally may help.