Fruit trees - Knowledgebase Question

Kingman, Ar
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Question by babieblue14
March 12, 2010
I purchased a few dormant fruit trees about a month ago. We planted them, hopefully in a good spot. Since then we have had a lot of snow in March. How often should I be watering the trees and how much. Plus will the snow harm the new trees?

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2010
Frosty weather won't damage fruit trees nearly as much as if they were flowering or leafing out. Depending upon the size and age of the branches, they may not show any winter damage at all. If the tips of the branches are killed back you can prune away the damage. Of course you won't know until spring arrives and your trees begin to grow. As long as the ground is not frozen you can water your trees once a week. I build a watering basin beneath my newly planted trees by mounding up a few inches of soil and filling the basin with water. Allow it to drain then fill a second time. This concentrates the water directly over the root mass and allows it to trickle down and wet the entire root system. Once a week throughout the growing season should do it - twice a week if the weather is really hot.

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