How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Long summer days, cool nights, and a mostly dry season are ideal conditions for growing fruit trees.
Fruit trees require freezing or close to freezing temperatures during the winter, but generally need
at least 150 days between the last spring frost and the first fall frost so that blossoms are not
damaged in spring and so that the fruit will mature in the fall.
Apples do best in areas with full sun and well-drained
soils at least 6 feet deep. Plant in unshaded areas as
much as possible to prevent diseases. The best soils
are fertile, slightly acidic sandy loam soils. Avoid
sandy, high clay, or shallow soils. Apples are best adapted
to areas with adequate chilling hours for most varieties--1,200
to 1,500 hours below 45° F to fully satisfy the
chilling requirement. However, some varieties will produce
with less. In areas with a maritime climate, choose low-chill
Do not plant in low spots or areas that flood frequently.
If you are planting on a site where the soil is shallow
because of a hardpan, break through the hardpan when
preparing for planting. Do not plant trees too close
together, as this may cause poor growth.
low areas that accumulate water