Sunday, October 26, 2008

Small Gardens And Planting Fruit Trees

Almost monthly we find that we are being bombarded by new exercise, or diet, plans designed specifically to entice us to alter the way we live.

It is true that we all need to examine closely our current behaviour with a view to eating a lot  more fresh vegetables and fruit and increasing our exercise levels. One thing we might want to do is  to consider cultivating one or two fruit trees in our yard. However, as most yards are only rather small spaces, it is highly likely that you might be a little restricted in what you can do.

The majority of us comprehend well that organic vegetables and fruit are much better for us than the alternatives however the added cost is sometimes too much. We also know that the more fresh the fruit is the  more minerals and vitamins it will contain. By growing our own fruit trees it is possible for us to cultivate organic fruit at a vastly reduced cost and, because it can be harvested immediately before use, such fruit is also at its freshest.

The majority of us reside in a built up residential environment where it is common to have backyards which afford only a very small place in which to plant a garden. Such gardens are largely unsuitable for large mature trees which can, eventually be the cause of a selection of problems. The roots can force themselves into foundations, branches can grow up against walls and windows and they also restrict the sunlight. The most obvious problem is that such a huge item in a small place will obviously look unsightly.

Even in the smallest place something amazingly wonderfull can be created. Professional landscape gardeners can create the most amazing plans but, with a fair bit of effort and time, it is possible to do this yourself. To do it correctly you will need to read up a little to understand which are the best plants, trees and shrubs to utilize and how to use them.

If you have a incredibly small backyard the inclusionaddition of a fruit tree will add interest and beauty. In the spring the tree will be covered in amazing looking, and sweet smelling, blossom. By the time of fall the tree will be covered in ripe fruit ready to pick. Even during the winter a fruit tree can still appear very interesting and such a tree should be a focal point.

It is now possible to buy dwarf types of fruit tree, these are generated by grafting the main stem of a fruit tree to specific dwarf root stock. Modern dwarf root stock, such as M9, is more reliable than older types of dwarf root stock. M9 root stock can cause a fruit tree to develop incredibly small but still able to produce a vastly increased amount of fruit.

Modern compact fruit trees can be grown in small gardens as the dwarf variety produces a large amount of fruit from the smallest of bushes. A dwarf fruit tree will hardly ever be larger than 1.8m high but the growth rate can be decreased a little further by growing it in a container. By following a carefully planned pruning regime you can restrict the growth while retaining a beautiful structure.

Amongst the most useful of fruit trees for the landscaper with only a little backyard, is the spur apple tree. While the tree can still reach to roughly 1.8m in height it has such an upright habit that it often looks rather strange covered in a multitude of ripened apples.

Besides as apple trees there are dwarf types of fruit tree such as pears, plums, nectarines, figs, cherries and various other alternatives.

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