Fruit Trees for the home grounds
Even on the smaller home
lots there is usually a place for a few fruit trees.
In many cases a small home orchard is possible. In smaller
places fruit trees can be worked in with the landscape
planting. As a whole, fruit trees grow rapidly and if
well cared for they are tidy and a desirable feature
of the landscape
APPLE TREES ARE EASY TO
Planted in small orchard plots they should be 35-40
feet apart. However, they may be flanked, and smaller
trees such as cherry, plum, peach, or apricot placed
between the apple trees as fillers.
The apple tree is the most
desirable fruit tree for landscape planting. It can
be used at the back or side of the lawn, or even on
the open lawn if pruned so the trunk grows up sufficiently
high to leave plenty of space underneath. Normally,
apple trees should be pruned with the trunk forking
about 4 to 6 feet above the ground to make the branches
Pear, peach, plum, apricot, and cherry trees can be
grown in most home orchards. Their use in landscape
planting is primarily restricted to background material
for lawns or vegetable gardens.
Where space is limited, dwarf
trees of various varieties can be planted. Full-sized
trees are usually more satisfactory when space allows.
It is also possible to train fruit trees to grow against
a wall, a high fence, or a trellis and thus have fruit
growing on trees trained to grow similar to vines.
Fruit Trees – apple, cherry & more
Peaches and Nectarines