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How to Protect Fruit Trees Over the Winter

Saturday, September 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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October is an extremely popular time for people to visit orchards. Apple and pumpkin picking are just one of the many activities that can be enjoyed while visiting an orchard in autumn. Fruit trees provide a lot of the things that make an orchard profitable. While you are keeping busy servicing customers that visit it, you’ll want to make sure to keep those fruit trees as healthy as possible throughout winter so yo can have a profitable spring. Fruit trees can become diseased and damaged by several things such as insects, deer, and frosts. In today’s article we will discuss how to protect fruit trees over the winter.

One of the easiest things you can do is keep up is clean up in the orchard. Rotting fruit, fallen leaves, sticks and other items can attract and hide insects. Other animals will also want to eat the fruit. Make an effort at the end of each week to clean up under trees to avoid these problems. At the end of the busy season, you’ll want to examine the tree limbs closely and remove any dead or dying branches that could susceptible to disease. Prune them as needed. 

You also want to spray the trees before winter to kill off any insects, such as aphids that will want to come back in the spring. Even though the season is slowing down, you should still water your trees into mid-October. This will give the roots plenty of time to get strong before harsh winter weather. Fruit that has not been picked can also attract deer and other animals. If the fruit has not been picked and starts to rot, it can become an eye sore to look at as well as attract yellow jackets which tend to irritate customers. 

Young trees also need special care in winter because they are prone to sun scald.  Sun warms the bark during the day but the cold night air damages the tree’s cells which can cause damage. Protect young trees by investing in some tree guards that can be placed along the lower trunk. To keep deer out of the orchard in the winter, you’ll to get a high fence and also invest in some sort of repellent. Deer not only eat fruit but can also strip the trees of bark which can lead it prone to damage and disease. 


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