Fruit Tree TLC

[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important]

Three rosy apples on a tree, blue sky behind

The Cochrane’s Garden, courtesy of Marion Bell

Want beautiful fruit this fall? Half the battle is won before budbreak in the spring.

  1. Mulch trees with kelp, and keep a well around the base of the tree empty to prevent rot. Don’t over fertilize with nitrogen or you’ll get lots of growth and less fruit.
  2. Spray dormant oil on a sunny day with no wind when fair weather is forecast for the next day. (rare I know)
  3. Keep your pruning tools sharp and wash with a bleach solution between trees
  4. Check for disease and winter damage.

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