Q: How much space do I need for a backyard orchard?
Well, this depends on your purpose. A single, self-pollinating peach tree may satisfy a peach lover. Or you may be like Stuart Kennedy of Cincinnati who just planted 10 dwarf apple trees because his wife makes great pies and they want to watch their budget in these tough economic times. Stuart has also added a 2,200 sq. ft. garden, a grape vine and a pear tree as the family tries to move toward growing its own food.
Take a look at the Arbor Day’s Tree Nursery to see the many fruit varieties that are available in standard or dwarf form. Most dwarf fruit trees need a space of only 10′ x 10′ and they produce an amazing amount of full-size fruit. It is best to plant two or more fruit trees to assure pollination, and the Tree Guide will tell you what varieties are compatible for this purpose.
Fall Tree Tip for Care of Backyard Apple Trees
After harvesting your apple trees, clean up around your tree(s) to prevent codling moth caterpillars and other insects that bury themselves in the core of apples to overwinter. This includes removing any shriveled up apples left hanging on the branches.