Posted: September 28, 2016

Living in a mid-western city like Rochester, MN, means you'll be dealing with both brutal winters and steaming summers. These extreme seasons can make any tree care novice a little nervous to get involved with growing trees in general. To many, the risks may seem high and the rewards minimal. However, with a little advice from a professional tree care group such as Maier Tree & Lawn, even the freshest faces in the tree-biz can start their projects before winter sets in. If you're interested in growing fruit trees, there's no better reward than the literal fruits of your labor.

Caring for fruit trees isn't drastically different from any other type of tree care. The care plan will be a little different depending on the type of fruit tree, but there are a few tree care tips that are fairly universal when you're getting started.

First, plant strategically. For many trees, 8 hours of sun a day is a great starting point. Don't plant where there are obvious obstructions to light such as other trees or buildings. You'll want your tree to be protected, but not smothered. Give it enough room to stretch out and breathe.

Once your tree is established, don't forget to schedule professional pruning with your local tree care company. Keeping your tree pruned and balanced will not only keep your lawn looking neat, it will also promote effective and efficient growth patterns. This is particularly important with fruit trees as they will be producing… well, produce! An evenly trimmed fruit tree is much easier to manage when it's time for picking.

Don't forget that certain fruit trees will only flourish in specific climates, so shop smart and find those special few that will survive the Minnesota weather. Apples and pears are some long-time favorites, but if you're looking for more variety, check out this list of different types of fruit trees for more information.

Finally, always remember that with fruit trees, patience is a virtue. If you take tree care seriously and spend enough time on upkeep, your fruit tree will certainly bloom, but probably not in the first couple of years. It will take time to grow, mature, blossom, and finally to produce. Be patient and vigilant. In time, the fruit will be yours to pick.

If you're interested in caring for your new fruit tree in your Rochester, MN, landscape, or need assistance with general tree care, contact Maier Tree and Lawn today at (507) 286-8733, or visit our website here for more information.

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