We’re also considering putting in a few swales to keep more water on the hill, but may hold off on that to see how things work out naturally first. In the meantime, the trees are taking off and budding nicely.
Well, except for the two that got girdled by mice when they were in storage before we planted them. They don’t look that hot but we’re not ready to call it quits on them.
We took the easy way out on planting them. We used a PTO driven post hole digger on the back of the tractor. Made quick work of the holes. We dug them in a grid pattern, 15 feet apart. This gives plenty of room for growth and lets us get between with the tractor for easy mowing of the grass.
The planting steps were basically:
- Dig a hole with the PTO post hole digger
- Fill most of it back in, lightly tamping down (Note: We should have tamped down harder. This was a mistake on our part, and we had to go back and fix it)
- Place the tree in the hole, making sure the graft knot is above the dirt line.
- Fill it in and tamp down well.
- Water, let it soak in, and water again
All in all, we planted the following:
- 4 Plum Trees
- 2 Almond Trees
- 11 Peach Trees
- 15 Apple Trees
- 8 Pear Trees
- 11 Cherry Trees
We chose varieties that complement each other pollination wise as well as provide us with a range of early, middle, and late season crops. I don’t have the exact list of the varieties we chose, but I can dig that up if anyone is curious. Everything was on semi-dwarf root stock.
To tie this into something practical for you, if you don’t have fruit trees, you should get some. They go well with just about any kind of landscaping, and you can find trees to suit just about any climate.
Even if you live in an apartment, don’t despair. You can find fruit trees that are trained to bear fruit right off the main trunk and are sized for containers. So you can truly find a fruit tree for any purpose.
And they aren’t all that expensive, either. Depending on the age of the tree you get, you can get them for anything from $7 – $30 per tree. A small price to pay for years of fruit.
Simply put, there’s no excuse to not have a couple of fruit trees in your yard. Go get them! Or at least plan on it for next year….