There are so many amazing benefits to nurturing trees on your property — from improving air quality to intercepting storm water — but one of the most instantly gratifying is enjoying the edible bounty they produce.
From apples and citrus to figs and even bananas, you’ll be surprised by how simple it is to grow fruit trees in the Lowcountry.
1.Plant each tree about 8 feet from its neighbors to ensure adequate space for root growth and ample access to sunlight.
2. Some fruit trees are self-pollinating while others require help from nature (bees or the breeze, for example) to start producing fruits. Your local nursery will be able to advise you on the best options for your location.
3. Make sure you plant your tree during the right season. Optimal times vary, from early spring up until late summer.
4. Fasten your sapling to a steak to give it adequate support in its critical early months.
5. Spread fertilizer around the young tree trunk to provide it with an added boost of nutrients. Read our tips on how to properly fertilize your trees.
6. When it comes to watering, make sure the top two inches of soil are moist but don’t go overboard and drown your fruit tree. Here are four tips to help you judge water requirements accurately.
7. Watch out for signs of disease or insect infestation and treat as necessary.