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Finished fencing new apple trees
« on: June 10, 2019, 08:23:47 AM »
Because it was raining when we planted them several weeks ago, we just dug a hole (which promptly filled with water) and stuck the trees in the muddy mess.  Yesterday I got around to putting up the posts and protective fencing.  The new apple trees are all budding out and starting to bloom.  The ground is now hard so it looks like they will be ok. 

This tree was planted two years ago.







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Re: Finished fencing new apple trees
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 08:58:13 AM »
Deadeye, how many new apple trees do you add each year? Do you plant a variety of different types?
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Re: Finished fencing new apple trees
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 12:35:34 PM »
2015 we planted 15 apple and 3 plum trees. 
2016 we planted 18 apple trees.  We replaced one plum that did not grow.
2017 we planted 9 apple trees.  We again replaced a plum tree that did not live.
2018  None, I purchased some but a friend wanted to start an orchard on his hunting land so I gave them to him.
This year we planted 17.

About 12 years ago I planted about 25 crab trees along a field edge.  They were about a foot tall and smaller then a pencil.  They have done great.   


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Re: Finished fencing new apple trees
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 12:54:53 PM »
deadeye, if your purchasing your trees from the same place...................they gotta have $$$$$$$$$$$ in there eyes when they see you walk in!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Re: Finished fencing new apple trees
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 03:35:25 PM »
2015 we planted 15 apple and 3 plum trees. 
2016 we planted 18 apple trees.  We replaced one plum that did not grow.
2017 we planted 9 apple trees.  We again replaced a plum tree that did not live.
2018  None, I purchased some but a friend wanted to start an orchard on his hunting land so I gave them to him.
This year we planted 17.

About 12 years ago I planted about 25 crab trees along a field edge.  They were about a foot tall and smaller then a pencil.  They have done great.   
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deadeye,
Do you buy bare root stock or potted trees? So is that fencing about 4í tall, and it prevents deer, and other critters from damaging the trees? I ask because Iím planting a couple apple trees on my farm this weekend.

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Re: Finished fencing new apple trees
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 08:19:49 AM »
Cooperman,
I have to give MDHA a shout out for the apple tree program.  A number of years ago one chapter had a member who owned a nursery.  This was important because you need to be a licensed nursery to purchase the bare root trees from the growers.  Up until this year I purchased the bare root trees (multiple varieties of apple and plum) through this chapter.  Cost was low as I think the first ones were $15.00.  The cost did go up a bit during the next few years but not a big deal.  Because the member who had the nursery license sold retired, they needed a new plan to continue the tree program.  Last year the program was expanded state wide after MDHA obtained a nursery license.  MDHA members throughout the state were able to buy the bare root trees at $20 which included shipping to various locations.  I must admit I was a bit skeptical about "bare root" planting however, we probably lost only a handful over the years and by far the majority of them were plum trees.  It's probably too late for bare root trees this year.

I use 5 foot high fencing (welded wire 2x4") and a 6 foot post.  I use about 5.5 feet of fencing for each tree.  I also put tubes on the trunk to prevent mice and rabbits from eating the bark in the winter.  We finish of the planting with a half bag of mulch bark to keep the weeds and grass down and help keep the roots cool and to help hold moisture.  This year I got he posts and fencing off a local facebook market for cheap.  I also got the mulch for a $1 a bag from the damaged pile at Menards.  Fencing and tubes are a requirement, don't skimp or skip this step.

Bare root trees in back of pickup.  Gives you a size prospective.


It's a bit of work digging a hole and getting the tree set properly.


It's a blessing to have good help.


Good view of finished product. 
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Re: Finished fencing new apple trees
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2019, 09:16:31 AM »
Thanks deadeye for the advice. Iíll have to protect them the best I can because I donít live on my farm, and canít keep an eye on them.

 

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