Host Richard Hentschel covers care of young fruit trees through mature trees. Besides the training of scaffold branches, protection from insects and diseases that that impacts the foliage s also very important to maintain a healthy fruit tree. The leaves are the food factory for the tree. Other protection includes rodent, rabbit and deer feeding. Using a mulch ring on the soil around the trunk also protects the tree from lawn mower and string trimmer damage.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.