Caring for apple trees in the spring time

Here at the Lavender Apple Farm, we have a lovely apple orchard. It was actually planted over six generations ago by our family founders here in Cache Valley. Many of the varieties of apples we grow here are actually vintage and have a much greater depth of flavor. We often get asked for tips in how to care for apple trees. Here are a few tips for caring for your apple trees in spring. 

Apple trees needs to be planted in a place where they will receive enough sunlight to grow, make sure they are not being shaded by other trees or buildings throughout the day. These trees will need about 6-8 hours of sunlight minimum per day. The spot should also have adequate drainage so the apple tree will not absorb too much water. In fact, if an apple tree's roots take in more water than it needs there's a chance the tree will not survive. Our orchard actually rests on a slight incline, which has served us well. 

Pruning is also an important part of caring for an apple tree, this process takes place in the spring. You need to remove any dead branches you see, and also anything cracked or broken. Also make sure you give each branch enough room that its not crowding out the other branches. You need to picture full grown apples hanging from each branch, would they receive sunlight? Try to make sure your cuts are made cleanly with sharp tools. If your cuts aren't sharp, the water may not drain off of your branch properly. You will also want to prune any branches that are growing in a downward direction. 

Here at the Lavender Apple Farm, we grow red delicious, gala, golden delicious, and many other types of apples. We are really looking forward to mid spring when the trees will begin to blossom with pink and white buds. Check back here on the blog in a few weeks and we will share our tips about tree training and even a few harvest tips. 

Have a great day! And don't forget, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!