While winter still seems to be going at full force, every gardener knows that spring is just around the corner, waiting for you to get back out into your garden. But you want to plant something new this year – you want a few fruit trees in your back yard that you can harvest a few years for their delicious fruit. So which fruit trees should you invest in come spring? If you're looking for a few recommendations for fruit trees to plant in early spring, then here's what you need to know.
A delicious fruit that makes as good jelly as it does pies, relish, or even baked plain with sugar on top in the oven, plums are relatively easy to grow and thrive in most climates, so long as you keep them a little warmer in the early hours of spring. All plum trees really need is a healthy amount of water, well-drained soil and full sun in order to take root and produce fruit – and they produce a lot. Prune regularly and mulch around the tree (being careful not to let the mulch touch the actual bark), and you should see fruit come fall – plum trees tend to produce fruit after about 2 years. As an added bonus, European varieties can produce fruit by themselves, without another tree to cross-pollinate.
The best things come in twos – and that is as true for apple trees as it is for anything else. If you're going to plan apple trees – and you should, as they're quite easy to take care of and their fruit can be used in an infinite number of recipes, besides being good for your body – plant two so that they can pollinate one another, giving you better and more plentiful fruit more quickly. Gala is a popular variety, as are red and golden delicious, but you should grow whatever two kinds you like to eat best – after all, when the harvest comes in a few autumns from now, you'll be eating as many apples as you like.
Another fruit tree that doesn't need to cross-pollinate (which is good if you only have space for a single tree), apricots are small yet delicious fruits that are painfully easy to grow. How easy? Apricot trees (any variety ending with 'cot' will be top-notch) actually grow best if you don't prune them, meaning that they're even lighter maintenance than apple or plum trees. So long as you protect them from any lingering frosts in the spring, you should reap your sweet, sweet rewards in about two years.
For more information and tips for planting fruit trees, talk with professional landscaping companies, like Eliot's Landscape LLC, or tree care services.
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