How To Grow Nut Trees

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Not only do nut trees provide you with delicious, edible nuts, but they also provide timber, shade, and shelter from strong winds. However, it can be rather difficult to successfully grow nut trees if you have no idea where to start. Here are a few tips that will help you properly grow and care for your nut trees.

Choose the Best Site

Before you purchase saplings from your local nursery, you should take the time to choose the best site for your nut trees. The vast majority of nut trees thrive the best in neutral-acidic soils. Nut trees with long tap roots do best in deep clay-loam soil, while other nut trees grow the best in deep sandy-loam soil. Some examples of nut trees that grow well in deep clay-loam soil are walnuts, hickories, and heart nuts. Hazelnuts and chestnuts grow well in deep sandy-loam soil.

For your nut trees, you should choose a site that is elevated and well-drained, as these sites usually experience more frost-free days than low lying areas. If you have no choice but to grow your nut trees in a dry area, consider adding composted organic matter to increase the ability of the soil to retain water.

Mulching

As soon as you plant your saplings, it is vital that you take the time to apply mulch as soon as possible. Mulch will protect your saplings from succumbing to competition with other nearby plants for nutrients, light, and water.

To apply the mulch, you must first loosen the first few inches of soil. Once the top soil is loosened, spread the mulch in a circle around the sapling until the stem of the sapling is completely surrounded. Ensure that the mulch is close to the stem, but does not make contact with the stem. Some examples of suitable mulches include wood chips, straw, newspapers, landscaping cloths, commercial plastic blankets, and even old carpets.

Water Frequently

If you want the saplings to thrive and grow, it is vital that you remember to water them frequently. You should water the saplings most frequently during their first summer, as this is the period of time when saplings are most susceptible to dry conditions.

As you can see, it is not as difficult as you may think to grow nut trees. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to have a "green thumb" to be capable of successfully growing a tree. Just follow the tips discussed above, along with the advice of a professional tree service like Smitty's Tree Service Inc, and you will likely end up with adult nut trees sometime in the future.

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