Growing dual-purpose plants can be an exciting way of utilizing your space. An edible landscape uses productive crops to form an aesthetically pleasing design. The trees create shade during hot weather, produce pretty blossoms, bear delicious fruits, and make your space more beautiful. If you have been into the landscaping field, you want a beautiful landscape that is easy to care for. Planting fruit trees in your space is a cost-effective way of introducing a lovely addition to your landscape regardless of its size. Apart from creating an attractive green environment, they attract birds, freshen your air, and increase the spirit of happiness in your home.
With proper planning, you can soon be enjoying delicious fruits from your space. They can give your compound an elegant look that you will need. Before deciding on the fruit to plant, you need to understand the ecological conditions in your area. You need to test your soil, ensure that the weather favors the growth of the fruit, and ensure that they will receive full sun to thrive. Most trees require good drainage and protection from strong winds. All fruits can be used for landscaping; it only depends on how you organize your space. You can landscape your area with fruits such as citrus, mangoes, apples, macadamia, plums, tree tomato, avocado, and bananas. On the walls and fences, you can plant strawberries and climbing plants. You can add stones or plant cover crops at the base of the trees to enhance the appearance around the trees. Trim your trees for neatness.
Fruit trees come in different varieties and sizes, depending on how they are grafted. They are either super-dwarf, dwarf, semi-dwarf, or standard sizes. You need to select a size that perfectly fits your space. If you live in an urban area where space is limited, you can consider planting small fruit trees.
- Super dwarf varieties are ideal for tight spaces such as balconies.
- Dwarf varieties are a great option if you’re an urban gardener. You can grow them in pots and place them in an organized way to give your space a beautiful appearance.
- Semi-dwarf trees can be an excellent choice if space in your compound is not limited. You need to purchase varieties grafted varieties that have a shorter maturity period.
- Standard trees require space and are a good choice if you want high branches providing more shade. Standard macadamia, mango, and orange trees can be a perfect choice if you have a fair amount of space.
You should know that the size of the tree will not affect the fruit size. However, the quantity of the fruit will vary depending on the tree size.
Frame your trees to stick to the theme of edible landscaping. You can apply a layer of attractive mulch around. Keep your space organized and tidy. As you map the garden design, you should understand that the trees require pollination, have slightly different requirements, and grow into different sizes. Chose varieties that pollinate successfully. Remember to find out the soil and water requirements, pests and diseases, and how you can harvest them without affecting the beauty of your landscape. Although they are good for the soil, falling fruits might be pretty messy and can ruin the appearance of your landscape. Besides, they can attract insects such as wasps. During the flowering period, the trees can attract pollinators such as bees, which can be lousy lunch guests. You need to understand this if you plant your trees near seating areas. Prune your trees regularly, control pests and diseases on time, enjoy delicious fruits and have a beautiful landscape.
At OxfarmAg, we offer certified, quality seedlings to help you transform your landscape with a productive crop. Contact us today and give your space a new look.
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