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  1. Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days

    Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days
    Drip irrigation in New Mexico vineyard, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) During the long hot days of summer irrigate as needed to provide the equivalent of 1” of rain per week (enough water to saturate the soil to 1 foot deep). Irrigation is especially valuable for newly planted trees (1-2 years) whose root systems are not fully established deep into...
  2. Organic Weed Control

    Organic Weed Control
    Malus sylvestris at Vosseslag - De Haan, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Control weeds and keep grass short around bushes and trees and among recently planted ground covers. Maintain a minimum 3’ diameter circle for each tree or shrub that is free of competing weeds. If there are a lot of weeds coming up in your new groundcover planting, lay...
  3. What do I do if a plant is not growing vigorously the first year the way I expected it to?

    What do I do if a plant is not growing vigorously the first year the way I expected it to?
    English: A screen planting of bamboo, used to hide a roadway (Photo credit: Wikipedia) First we have to determine why. Sometimes it is in the nature of the plant not to grow vigorously in the first year, such as Monkey Puzzle or Bamboo. More often the root system is not growing and establishing properly. There can be several reasons...
  4. It's planting time for moderate winter climates!

    It's planting time for moderate winter climates!
    A test site with several fruit tree forms located at Gaasbeek Castle. (Wikicommons) Planting time has arrived for those in moderate winter climates including people living west of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. So long as the ground is not under water or water-logged, frozen or covered with snow, and the temperature is above freezing when you...
  5. Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Get the Right Tools

    Tips for Those of You Doing Your Own Grafting: Get the Right Tools
    For people purchasing rootstocks, Raintree Nursery offers 8 inch by 3/8 inch by .020 inch grafting bands. With these you can quickly wrap grafts without wax. Grafting knife 005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There are a few tools you will need to make your grafts. If you choose to use a knife it needs to be very sharp, and have a...
  6. Mychorrizal fungi in your soil!

    Mychorrizal fungi in your soil!
    turned soil (Photo credit: willismonroe) If your soil has been recently disturbed, is low in organic matter, or is imported, your fruit trees will also benefit from the addition of mychorrizal fungi at planting time, #T185 Myco Paks. The fungal organisms in these packets are normally found in association with the root systems of healthy deciduous trees and some...
  7. After winter storms, check your trees for damage

    After winter storms, check your trees for damage
    Two apple trees, coated in ice following an ice storm, with the sun shining bright in the afternoon sky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) After winter storms, inspect trees and bushes for damage. Make clean cuts where there are ragged tears and breaks to minimize fungal infection opportunity. Prop fallen trees back up, if the root system has not been damaged...
  8. Grafting in the Winter

    Grafting in the Winter
    English: Photo of a recently grafted cherry root stock and scion (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you are planning to do some grafting this winter or next spring, December –February is the time to collect scion wood, from fully dormant trees. You need the previous seasons’ healthy vegetative growth for the scion (the shoot you cut from a desired variety...
  9. Peach leaf curl control

    Peach leaf curl control
    English: Peach leaf curl by Taphrina deformans (from Professional Institute of Agriculture and Environment "Cettolini" Villacidro, Italy) Italiano: Bolla del pesco causata da Taphrina deformans (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One of the more significant fungal diseases in the Pacific Northwest on peaches is Peach Leaf Curl. Once the chill requirement for the peach tree has been met, the sealed bud...
  10. Planning ahead for spring

    Planning ahead for spring
    Planned backyard garden (Photo credit: renoir_girl) Are you planning to put in more trees or shrubs next spring? If you know what trees and shrubs you want, and where they will be planted, you can prepare the planting holes for them now. Make a plan of where you will plant your new trees, and mark the locations in your...

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