Fruit trees are very suitable to a small yard. If you already have a yard filled with non-food bearing plants, there is room to be found in even the most crowded or shade-ridden space.
If you are a person who wants to plant food-bearing plants and fruit trees, but is frustrated for lack of suitable room, here are some ideas.
Existing plants do not have to be tossed out unless you wish them to be. It is suggested that plants you do not want any more be given to a neighbor, relative, or transplanted to another area where it can continue to exist. Fruit trees and large fruit-bearing bushes, such as the blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, etc. can share some dirt with what is already growing there. Crowding? Yes, but there are some benefits to crowding, as I talked about in my other article at http://quazen.com/shopping/home-and-garden/controlling-fruit-tree-size/.
Many plants do better planted close to another plant. The author has not had great luck planting something all by itself. It will thrive, however, if moved next to something else. Fruit trees and fruiting plants can maintain a more managable size if planted next to something else. If you do not wish to move the existing plants in your yard, consider cutting them back. Hedges, bushes and vines can be cut back enough that new space is discovered that was being taken up by branches and overgrowth. Cutting existing plants back into a desired shape can provide room for a fruiting bush or tree easily.
Looking at your yard differently will help you find space you never thought you could. Do not be afraid to crowd plants. Large bushes often take up too much space. Cutting them back to a more modest shape can reveal available ground that is fertile, as leaves from the bush have been falling for years. The space may be more moist than other areas due to partial shading. This is a perfect place for a tree. Planted 12″-24″ away from the bush, both tree and bush will do fine. You will find roots there, and some damage is inevitable as you plant your tree. Try to do the least damage possible, keeping bigger roots intact until the tree or bush is in the hole, and is being back-filled. Fill the hole with water as you do this, as this helps force out air pockets and provides needed moisture for the plants for the days to come.
After planting, water the new plants every few days, fairly thoroughly, for a month or so. Let them get a good start, but don’t drown them. Fertilize lightly and water it in according to the product’s directions. Finding new space in your yard for fruiting bushes and trees is exiciting.
Many people are starting to plant food-bearing trees and bushes, as a hedge against inflation and increasing food prices. As time goes by, you will benefit many times over with your fruit harvests and lower food bills.
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