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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
May 21, 2017 9:27 AM CST
Hi everyone.

My father wanted me to post this question that we have. We have an apricot tree and 4 cherry trees. The fruit itself is is okay, but the leaves are turning yellow on some of the cherry leaves and red on the apricot leaves. We do not know if this is normal or not. If its not normal and there is a problem with the trees, how do we fix it? Can anyone help out with this?

I can get pictures if you need them.

Thanks!

Jared
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 22, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Pics please. Small percentage of leaves, normal.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
May 22, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Hi there!

Here you go. the third one is the apricot. I have no experience with fruit trees whatsoever, that is why I am asking. Is it a nutrient problem possibly?

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Jared
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 22, 2017 5:26 PM CST
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No quick answer. 1st thing you need to do, is get grass out from under trees, a good, 4 to 6 feet beyond drip line of trees. Furrow at dripline. Mulch entire area. Cut dead branches out. That may solve all your problems.
Also ! read up on care for both trees. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
May 22, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Hello.

@Philipwonel, thank you for the advice, unfortunately I cannot do any of it except the trimming. We are renting the house and the landlord will not like it. I am sorry.

D and B, a local farm store actually helped me out and sold me some stuff that should help out as an alternative, though. Maybe I can try that.

Thanks anyway,

Jared
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 22, 2017 8:37 PM CST
Also, Jared the color change on the leaves might be the result of the cold weather you had a couple of days ago. Don't panic just yet.
Elaine

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 23, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Elaine is also right, about cold weather.
Grass compeates for water, oxygen and nutrients.
Airilate ground and fertilize around dripline wont hurt grass. Pitchfork, will get more oxygen to roots and help fertilizer get down further.
Also. Jared ! Im curious what farm store sold you for problem.
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Name: greene
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greene
May 23, 2017 10:14 AM CST
jnicholes said:...a local farm store actually helped me out and sold me some stuff that should help out as an alternative...

Jared


"Sold me some stuff" does not tell us what you purchased. Please be specific. Thank you. Thank You!

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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
May 23, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Hi everyone.

I apologize, I forgot to post what I bought. I bought some fertilizer stakes specifically designed for fruit trees. They told me that if the trees were lacking nutrients, the leaves may turn yellow. A fertilizer stake should fix the problem, they said.

Anyway, thanks for the help, I have no experience with fruit trees.

Jared
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
May 23, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Fertilizer works a lot better if it is distributed around the tree, out near the drip line. Those fertilizer stakes are a hunk of fert that releases all in one place, and can burn roots near where you put them in, as well as not distributing the nutrients properly.

Advise you to take a hammer, wrap them in an old towel or something and bust them up into small pieces. Then, as Philip advised, use your digging fork, carefully make some holes and scatter the fert so that it gets down below where the grass is.

Btw the "drip line" is where the tree sheds water from its outermost leaves. Around that area and a couple of feet further out from the trunk is where most fruit trees have their main abundance of feeder roots, so don't put the fert in there near the trunk.
Elaine

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