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Autumn: Do my trees still need water?
Autumn: Do my trees still need water?

Once harvest is (mostly) finished and trees are getting ready for winter, their watering requirements change. During the growing season and summer it is important to keep water up to the trees at all times, especially during spring, and pre-ha [...]

Eight key watering principles
Eight key watering principles

One of the things we know all about as fruit growers is the variability of our climate; no matter where you live, each growing season you’ve got a good chance of experiencing an extreme condition like flood, drought, fire or heatwave. This mea [...]

Getting drainage right
Getting drainage right

Drainage is an important issue for fruit trees, and periods of heavy rain provide the perfect opportunity to see how good your drainage is. Although some trees tolerate it better than others, they will never thrive  on a site where the water d [...]

Growing fruit with limited water
Growing fruit with limited water

Trying to grow fruit in dry conditions presents some particular challenges, but is by no means impossible. After enduring a 10 year drought at our farm, we’ve learnt a few techniques that can make all the difference between watching your trees [...]

How good is your drainage
How good is your drainage

Drainage is an important issue for fruit trees, and periods of heavy rain provide the perfect opportunity to see how good your drainage is. Although some trees tolerate it better than others, they will never thrive on a site where the water do [...]

How much water for trees?
How much water for trees?

Too little water, and your trees won’t thrive, and might drop their fruit. Too much, and it’s easy to flush the nutrients away from the root zone. Deciding when to water can be as simple as checking the soil beneath the tree to see if it feels [...]

Improve your watering system
Improve your watering system

How do you water your fruit trees? If you said a bucket or hose...this article is for you! The more automatic and easy you can make your watering system, the more likely it is that your trees will get enough water when they need it. Whether yo [...]

Irrigation management plan
Irrigation management plan

Being able to work out how much water your fruit trees need will allow you to design the perfect irrigation system, and help you get the most out of your trees. Read the article in Summer - Week 5.

Measure soil water-holding capacity
Measure soil water-holding capacity

One of the key strategies for helping your fruit trees to be resilient (and still grow a good crop) in low water conditionsis the water-holding capacity of your soil—interestingly, this also helps your trees cope better with too much water and [...]

Recover from flooding
Recover from flooding

Flood can be devastating if you’re growing fruit trees, and depending on how long your trees are affected, can easily kill them. Here’s some tips for helping your trees to survive and your soil to recover. Read the aricle in Spring - Week 11. [...]

Setting up a drip irrigation system
Setting up a drip irrigation system

Drip irrigation systems are easy to set up and take the drudgery out of ensuring your trees get enough water. These systems are also affordable and easy to automate. Drip systems are also the most efficient way to water as there is no runoff— [...]

Setting up a grey water system
Setting up a grey water system

It makes sense to re-use water as many times as possible, particularly if you’re trying to grow fruit in a dry climate. Water that has been used in the house (‘grey water’) is perfectly good to water your fruit trees with, if you can just fig [...]

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