When to water trees and shrubs.
If you have limited space, pay particular attention to the rootstock you choose for your apple trees.
Aug 22, Not Enough Water. When water demand of a fruit tree is higher than supply, drought stress occurs. Drought stress causes wilting, yellowing of the leaves, advanced leaf fall, and premature fruit ripening or fruit drop.
Often, drought stress is associated with heat stress during the hot summer months. When drought stress and heat stress coincide. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly around the root zone. This gives the water a chance to soak in and down to the roots instead of running off over the soil surface.
You can also use a soaker hose to water several trees at once. Give your apple tree enough water to soak the ground all around the roots. Jul 24, A critical first step is to make sure that the trees gets appropriate water and nutrients from summer through fall. Water stress weakens trees, while deep watering during the growing season creates long apple tree roots that are less susceptible to ice damage.
Fertilize your apple trees early in summer for stronger apples in stumpcutter.barted Reading Time: 3 mins.
Make clean cuts to remove all but four lateral branches plus the central leader.
Oct 16, Some homeowners and commercial growers have reported apple trees blooming this fall instead of the normal time in spring. Michigan State University Extension educators hypothesize a transient drought stress occurred this summer, causing some tree growth to slow or stop. Growth resumed later in the summer when renewed rain and increased root growth relieved this stumpcutter.barted Reading Time: 7 mins.
Sep 04, Things to do Do mow around the trees to eliminate vegetation that can become a hiding site for voles, rabbits and other critters. Do apply mulch under newly fall-planted trees to help prevent soil heaving and to help the trees harden off properly and Do inspect for fire blight cankers during the Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins.