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3 Tips for Better Peach Tree Maintenance

Georgia is a state known for its peaches. This fragrant and succulent fruit can be grown in backyards by intrepid gardeners with a bit of time and effort. Caring for a peach tree can be a challenge since these trees are susceptible to a number of diseases and tend to have shorter lifespans than other fruit trees.

Don't let the threat of intense maintenance scare you away from incorporating a peach tree into your landscape. If you provide adequate ongoing maintenance, you will be able to keep your fruit tree healthy and productive without a labor-intensive effort.

1. Give Roots Room to Establish

A healthy and strong root system is essential for any peach tree to flourish. Peach trees have very specific soil requirements, and the soil you plant your peach tree in must meet these requirements in order for the root system to establish itself properly.

Have your soil tested to ensure it measures between 6.0 and 7.0 on the pH scale. The soil composition should be sandy and loamy to allow for adequate moisture retention. Fresh organic mulch can be used each spring to help replenish nutrients and ensure adequate root growth.

You should also take the time to clear away any other plants from the area where you plan to plant your peach tree. Foliage growing beneath the canopy of a peach tree can compete with the tree's root system from vital nutrients, compromising the health and stability of the tree as a whole.

2. Prune Regularly

Pruning plays an essential role in the health of a peach tree. Peach trees love the sun. All branches must receive ample amounts of sunlight throughout the day for the tree to flourish.

Once you have planted a young tree in your landscape, prune away the central leader and all branches except the strongest lateral branches. This creates a V-shape that will allow sunlight to infiltrate all the branches of the tree.

Mature trees should be pruned to eliminate some of the previous year's fruiting wood. Heading or diagonal cuts made just above the bud will encourage new growth and increase your fruit yield in the future.
Peach trees should only be pruned in the late winter or early spring when the trees are dormant.

3. Thin Peaches While Small

In addition to pruning your peach tree regularly, you will need to thin out the peaches themselves as the tree begins to bear fruit. Wait until the peaches are about the size of a penny, then remove excess fruit to eliminate clusters.

Thinned-out fruit will reduce the amount of weight each branch must bear as the peaches mature. The fruit your tree yields will also be juicier and more flavorful when you take the time to thin the peaches while they are small.
Overloaded branches must distribute limited resources across a greater amount of fruit, resulting in hard peaches that don't have a lot of moisture in their flesh. Thinned-out fruit will ensure each piece of fruit receives adequate resources during the growth cycle.

A peach tree in your yard will allow you to enjoy fresh peaches throughout the late summer months. Peach trees can easily be affected by insects, disease, nematodes, and malnourishment if they are not cared for properly.
You will need to commit to soil maintenance, pruning, and thinning of the fruit each year if you want your peach tree to remain a healthy and vibrant part of your home's landscape.

At R & R Tree and Landscaping, we have the knowledge and experience needed to help you better care for your peach tree. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.
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