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Planting Fruit Trees

There are many advantages to planting fruit trees. Planting apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, or nectarine trees will make your yard beautiful and provide lots of benefits. Having your trees means you know exactly what you’re getting – no sprays, no wax, no chemicals. Plus, a substantial cost saving as organic apples from your tree will cost about a penny apiece. Fruit trees also are good for the environment as they filter the air, condition the soil, provide shade, shelter wildlife, and attract pollinators to your garden.

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Cherry trees do best when planted in mild and dry climates. They need 1,000 chill hours that are below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

When deciding where to plant apple trees, it is best to consider that not every apple grows everywhere. They should be planted in the spring in central and northern areas, while they can also be planted in the fall as long as the climate is mild and moist. Peach trees are self-fertile and grow well in USDA zones 5 through 8 but grow much better in areas 5 and 6, which are the Midwest and northern states. However, as we all know, Georgia has some of the best beaches, and they are in the South! Nectarine trees, also known as fuzzless peaches, should be grown in the California region.

When it comes to planting various trees that grow fruit, there are various options. All grass will need to be removed from the area in a 4-foot diameter circle. Dig the hole twice the width of the root system and 2 feet deep.

Apple trees need well-drained soil and full sunlight. A seedling or full-size tree will need to be planted 15 feet apart. If choosing a dwarf apple tree, it will need to be supported by a fence or wall. 

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Planting a cherry tree requires 25 feet spacing. These trees are susceptible to the soil. Too wet, and they crack and split while too dry soil will cause them to shrivel up. That is especially important to watch in the last two weeks of ripening.

Peach trees require spacing of 15 feet with well-drained soil in full sunlight. Plant a tree that is at least a year old and plant the same day it is purchased. These trees need fertilizing six weeks after planting.

Nectarine trees take two years to harvest and need regular water in dry water with well-drained, fertile soil. You can plant nectarine plants like any other fruit tree. They need regular water and fertilizer. 

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