Apple Tree Maintenance

Apple Tree Maintenance


Apple tree maintenance can be a hard job especially for some junior gardeners. Although apple trees can produce delicious fruits for your family in autumn, you need to pay some attention on their health along the whole year.


The best time to plant apple trees is in autumn when no leaves are left on trees. You should plant your trees before the soil have frozen and choose well-drained soil for your trees. Adequate sunlight is necessary if you want to get many delicious apples in harvest season. For the first two or three weeks, you should water your trees thoroughly. You should keep the soil moist at all times. If your trees are planted in spring, you need even more water to maintain their health for spring and hot summer days. In winter days, some mulching work is necessary to keep apple trees warm. You should avoid using some materials which can generate acid which can be harmful for apple trees’ growth.

During the growth of trees, you should apply frequent pruning from time to time. Good pruning will help the tree to balance all branches and conserve resources for healthy twigs. The best time for pruning should be in summer or winter days. When pruning the branches, you should remove all dead and ill branches to conserve nutrition. Generally, horizontal branches can produce more fruits than vertical ones. You should choose some fertilizers which are suitable for apple trees from the nursery. You should apply the recommended amount of fertilizers based on the condition of soil. With the growth of apple trees, the amount of fertilizer should be increased by year.

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