Have a fruit tree on your property? The summer is the season to give it extra care to keep disease, pests, and extreme heat at bay. Fruit tree care in the summer is not difficult. It just requires some adjustment on the homeowner’s part. All too often, our tree removal service hauls away decayed fruit trees due to inadequate summer maintenance.
Water Your Tree
Water your fruit trees deeply and infrequently. This approach is more effective than watering frequently but shallowly. If the tree rests on a sandy soil, then water once every one to two weeks. Provide enough water for the H2O to sink at least 2-feet into the soil. Water every two to three weeks if the tree is planted on clay soil.
Keep Weeds Out
Nearby weeds compete with the tree for water and moisture. Keep weeds at bay by spreading a two to three-inch layer of organic mulch, such as bark and pine straw. Aside from preventing weed growth, mulch also provides a no-mow boundary when trimming the grass. This reduces the risk of damaging the roots. The mulch also promotes soil retention.
Thin Your Fruit
Thinning a tree’s fruit is the process of plucking a fruit from the stem before it’s ripe. The practice sounds counterproductive, but fruit thinning helps the tree grow more fruit in the long run. When trees grow too much fruit, the excessive weight causes some of the fruit to prematurely drop. Too much fruit may also lead to biennial bearing. This is a tree’s tendency to bear fruit only every other year. The exact fruit thinning process differs depending on the type of tree, but as a general rule, all fruit should be at least six inches apart.
We’ll Help You Maintain Your Fruit Tree in the Summer
Our tree service can help you keep your tree in good health during the warmer months. If you want the best fruit yield, then call Pro-Cut Tree Service for expert advice. Contact us for professional advice on summer fruit tree care.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Fruit Tree Care and Maintenance
Serving customers in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Everett, Snohomish and the surrounding area