It’s the time of year when most people start thinking about what they want to plant in their backyard. If you’re looking for a fruit tree, then it can be difficult to know what will grow well where you live and how much space it will take up. In this blog post, we have five questions that should help you determine if your favorite fruit tree is right for your yard or not!
- What kind of tree are you looking for?
From small, ornamental trees to big fruit or nut producers. Do you prefer apples, oranges, pears, or something else entirely? Do you want one tree or many different varieties in your backyard?
- What kind of climate do you live in?
Some fruit trees need to be protected from frost. Other are better suited for warmer climates, like figs or lemons. What is your local weather like? If your area is prone to drought maybe consider a fig or pomegranate tree.
- How much space can the tree grow in?
A fruit tree can be big or small depending on what it is. Decide how much of a footprint you’re okay with before deciding which type to plant! A dwarf apple tree will only reach a few feet tall while an avocado could get to 80 feet tall! A medium sized apple tree can grow up to 25 feet tall and requires about 50′ by 20′.
- What is your budget?
Fruit trees are not cheap! If you have a large backyard and live in an area with mild winters, you can buy some larger fruit trees. However, if space or climate isn’t on your side, consider buying smaller ornamental varieties that don’t produce any fruit., but still bring beauty into the yard.
- Are there any diseases or pests in the area that would affect this type of plant?
The best way to avoid disease or pest problems is by choosing a tree that is native to your area. If you’re in an urban environment and are worried about pests, consider planting fruit trees like figs or passionfruit as they typically don’t attract the bugs!
These questions should help you evaluate if a fruit tree is right for your yard. It is important to evaluate the size of your yard and how much time you are willing to invest in maintaining a fruit tree before making any decision. There will always be pros and cons for every type of fruit tree so make sure that you think carefully about what kind of fruits you want before deciding on anything. If this article has helped at all feel free to share with friends or family who may also love trees!