By Jane Clark

Almost any garden can be developed more appealing if you ever plant a fruit tree. It's always a miracle how the once lifeless winter twigs are transformed in the spring into clouds of blossom ready to turn into fruit later on.

You won't need 'green fingers' in order to successfully grow fruit trees in your garden. Keeping the trees in ideal shape can be due to a few simple processes that anyone can do.

The Fall Through Springtime

Protect the trees, specifically the young ones by putting in a net around their base. A net or mesh will prevent the bark being nibbled by rodents during the winter when these creatures will seek out alternative food sources.

If your garden gets plenty of snow, the trunks of young fruit trees in particular should be painted with a white latex paint diluted 50% with water. This will likely stop the trunk heating up in the rays of reflected sun light and resulting in damage.. Throughout the night, the cold air will surround the trunk and it will often crack it. This may be a dangerous situation, because those cracks are perfect places for pests that can eat your tree alive.

During the spring, on a calm day with minimal wind and the temperature 4 degrees C minimum, it's a good time to clean up your tree. Using garden shears you might make your tree into a nice-looking shape and open out the top centre of the tree. Hold horizontal limbs approx 10 to 15 cms separated from each other to allow air circulation.

Precisely cut away any branches that look infected or old and trim any shoots straight after they have appeared. The branches that grow out horizontally should be left uncut as you will be looking for these to bear fruit. The height of a fruit tree ought to be the same as it's breadth so check the tree's height and trim the horizontal and vertical branches to the same length to achieve the biggest crop of fruit.

Watering your prized tree is extremely important. A tree stressed by not enough water is subject to diseases and insect pests during the crucial period when the buds break in spring. This is essential if you want to have delicious fruit maturing in spring and summer.

If you want the branches to grow straighter, then train them with a brace. Never allow the horizontal branches to get so close that they shade out the light source from each other. The more light they get then the more fruit they can produce. The fruit bearing future of your trees might be increased by using a tool that will physically open out the tree; another way of doing this is by roping your trees together. The tree shouldn't be interfered with in this way up until the age of four however.

Pollination is the central element of the growing process. During the time the fruits are growing, you can increase its efficiency by applying a special substance (usually available from your local store) to the trees that draws the bees. It is suggested to add this to the trees only right after sundown, or in the early morning hours.

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