7 Ways to Know When Apples Are Ripe to Pick

Apples often look ready to pick earlier than they actually are. Picking apples at the right time is not only important to get the highest quality, best tasting fruit, but also to maximize the storage life of your backyard apples…

How to Prune an Apple Tree

Whether you want your apple tree to look a certain way, to produce more apples, or to stimulate its growth, apple trees will benefit from regular pruning. With proper pruning techniques your tree will develop good limb structure capable of…

How to Mulch an Apple Tree

Mulching an apple tree has many benefits, like holding in moisture, improving soil structure, and increasing the fertility of the soil. But many people don’t follow the basic steps to properly mulch an apple tree. To mulch an apple tree,…

Are Apple Trees Self Pollinating?

Knowing whether an apple tree variety requires cross-pollination, is self-fertile, or is a triploid is an important distinction when determining what type of apple tree to plant in your backyard. Most apple trees are self-incompatible and require pollen from another…

How Deep Are Apple Tree Roots?

Apple tree roots will grow where their needs are met and spread to areas that hold nutrients, water and oxygen. Apple tree roots grow to different depths and lateral sizes depending on the type of rootstock, type of soil and…

Best Soil for Apple Trees

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of different soil textures, depth, acidity, and structure, as long as they are well draining and fertile. The best soil for apple trees are well draining medium-clay to sandy loam, fertile soils with…