May 18, 2022 Have you ever had the dream to grow a fruit tree? While it can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be! Follow some of these tips to grow a fruit garden this summer. Sunshine Ensuring that your fruit tree is planted in a location that receives at least half a day of sun is important. Sunlight helps the tree to produce fruit, so avoiding planting your tree in an area of full shade. Soil Fruit trees prefer well-drained, fertile soils. Most soils drain well enough to keep your trees happy, but if you have a high clay soil content, work to increase the drainage for your tree. Avoid planting your tree in an area with full clay soils and poor drainage, as fruit trees will not grow well in wet, low spots in your yard. Spacing If you are growing more than one tree, be sure that there is enough space between them. Ideally, there should be 12-14 feet separation from one another. This space gives the sun the opportunity to equally reach all the trees, and provides good air ventilation, which can reduce diseases on the tree. In addition, consider that your plans may change, and you may want to add even more fruit trees to your collection. Pollination Fruit grows as a result of pollination from blossoms. Some trees are self-pollinating, but others need pollen from another variety, like bees. Cross-pollination can also occur from other nearby fruit trees. Most apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees require a pollinator, and peaches, nectarines, and apricots are self-pollinating. Pruning Pruning is one of the most important things to remember when taking care of a fruit tree. Your fruit tree should be regularly pruned, as this is essential to maintain the liveliness of the tree and to maximize the production of fruit. Down the road, shaping your tree through pruning can transform the amount of fruit that you receive per season. And at the end of the day, leave your tree pruning to the experts at Front Range Arborists! We provide services to residential, commercial, and municipal institutions. We promote educational opportunities for our employees to further their growth both within our company as well as their personal lives. Get the fruit tree of your dreams with the help of our team by schedule a free tree estimate today!