University of Illinois Extension
January 26, 2017

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.

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