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Choose a good nursery tree
Choose a good nursery tree

When you buy trees from a nursery, days or weeks before you buy them they will have been lifted from the soil in which they grew, and then ‘heeled in’, which means they’ve been stored in sawdust, loose soil or some other medium to stop their r [...]

Getting ready to plant new trees
Getting ready to plant new trees

Young fruit trees start life with a very small root system, so it makes sense to plant them in a welcoming environment, with a friable soil structure, good drainage and readily available nutrient while their roots get established. Choosing the [...]

Grow an Autumn green manure crop to improve your soil
Grow an Autumn green manure crop to improve your soil

Green manures are crops grown to improve the soil condition and nutrition. They can help crowd out the weeds you don’t want, and some even get rid of soil diseases. Instead of being harvested, the crop is dug into the soil while still lush and [...]

Look after young trees in summer
Look after young trees in summer

In this article we give you a checklist of things to do to help keep your young trees thriving through the summer months,. Read the article in Summer - Week 3.

Looking after young trees in spring
Looking after young trees in spring

Trees do a lot of their growing in spring and early summer, so it’s important they get a good start. At first they use the energy they stored in their tissues last season, but as their roots develop and grow, they are soon relying on the nutri [...]

Moving mature fruit trees
Moving mature fruit trees

We would never normally recommend moving a mature fruit tree as the risk of damage and the introduction of disease is so great that there is a good chance they will die, not to mention the huge logistical exercise involved in moving a mature t [...]

Planting your fruit trees well
Planting your fruit trees well

Planting your fruit trees carefully will help to get them off to a good start in spring. Being shifted from the nursery is a shock to the tree, and always involves the loss of a lot of roots. Some tender loving care, plus the right soil addit [...]

Should young trees have fruit?
Should young trees have fruit?

We’re often proudly told by new fruit tree owners that their one or two-year old tree has fruit on it. While we appreciate how exciting it is to get a return from a new fruit tree, you could be sacrificing the future shape and structure of you [...]

Spotlight on rabbits & hares
Spotlight on rabbits & hares

Rabbits and hares can be a bad pest of young fruit trees by chewing the bark, setting back the tree’s growth. If they chew the bark all the way around the trunk (‘ringbarking’) they will easily kill a tree. They can also nip off small branches [...]

Success with young trees
Success with young trees

Here’s a quick checklist for newly planted trees to tick off before they start growing, to make sure you’re giving them the best possible chance of success. Read the article in Winter - Week 10.

Tree guards – and why you need ’em
Tree guards – and why you need ’em

Building appropriate protection for your trees can easily become one of those jobs that keeps falling to the bottom of the 'to do' list, but in nearly every case it's worth the time and energy. There's endless possibilities, so here are more t [...]

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