How to Perform Tree Maintenance on Cherry Trees
Basic cherry tree maintenance is just mainly watering, fertilizing, pruning, and protecting them from pests and diseases. Cherry trees have a shorter life than other flowering trees, only because they are prone to diseases and pests. By doing regular maintenance, the life of a cherry tree can be prolonged.
Most types of cherry tree like moist soil. With one exception, the Sergeant Cherry; this can grow in drier conditions. Until a watering regime is established, it is useful to probe the soil around the tree about 3 inches in depth. Should the soil be dry, then the tree needs water. Doing this regularly will determine how many times a cherry tree needs watering.
Putting down organic mulch around the base will seal in moisture, and stop soil from drying out. When watering, it’s wise to do a slow trickle of water over a period of time rather than just pouring vast amounts of it around the tree too quickly. Enough water must be given to nourish the root system. But overwatering can make a cherry tree begin to develop root rot.
An all-purpose fertilizer that is high nitrogen should be used on the base of a cherry tree in spring. The best way to do this is to spread it around in a circle at the base of the tree; be careful not to get any of it on the trunk. The fertilizer seeps into the soil and provides nutrients to the tree’s roots. There are several different types of fertilizers made specifically for cherry tree maintenance, which will result in bigger blossoms and a higher yield of fruit.
Pruning this type of tree has to be performed in the spring, after the threat of frost has passed. They don’t need much pruning. But some care is needed to prevent disease and permit light and air to penetrate the center of the tree. All dead or diseased limbs should be removed, and weak branches need to be lightly trimmed.
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