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Planting Fruit Trees: How to Plan Your Yard

by on February 13, 2013

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 “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese Proverb

Trees play an important part in the environment. Not only do they provide shade and beauty to an area, they provide homes for animals and insects and even help to cool the Earth. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the net cooling effect of even a young tree is equal to the output of ten room-sized air conditioners running twenty hours per day!

Of course, when it comes to fruit trees, there is yet another important benefit to consider. It is one that come to mind when the first apples, peaches, or avocados start to mature, and it remains in the mind as you wait for that first tasty bite. Fruit trees feed us.

When planning for fruit trees in your yard, it helps to be mindful of the area and how it handles moisture. Apples and pears for example, thrive in similar well drained soil. Many fruit trees require a pollinator, so you should inquire about those needs when you make a purchase. There are far too many varieties to go into much detail here about which ones will pollinate which others.

Nearly every fruit tree I am aware of will need no less than 8 hours of full sun each day to reach its full potential, so let that guide you when planning for fruit tree spacing and placement in your yard and garden.

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