University of Illinois Extension

Archives for January 2016

January 28, 2016

Richard Hentschel concludes his home orchard series this week discussing general care and protection for the young fruit trees in the backyard home orchard. Richard reviewed the points from the previous shows. Young fruit trees should be protected from Insects and diseases from the very start. Winter protection is also important for survival the first few years. Wildlife protection from rabbits, mice and deer will need to be managed as well. Other points discussed include grass and weeds, lawn mowing and using a string trimmer around the trunks of your fruit trees.

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January 21, 2016

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues with part 3 of a series on growing a home fruit Orchard. This week covers Pollination and bees. Most apples are considered self un-fruitful meaning those trees will need to be pollinated by another variety. Those two varieties will need to be blooming at the same time with active bees.

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January 14, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up with a second week of information on beginning the home orchard. This week covers training the young fruit tree and why it is so important to start the year the fruit tree is planted. Proper structure is important for good air movement and the trees ability to hold a good fruit load without additional support. Proper structure and training can get a fruit tree into production in the shortest amount of time. Proper training keeps the fruit tree small enough to work on standing on the ground.

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January 7, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up begins a 4 part series on growing fruit trees in the home orchard. Site selection is a good starting point. Soil and air drainage are important considerations. Root rots and foliage diseases are lessened with good site selection. Sunlight and hardiness are two other big considerations.

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