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Plant a Fruit Tree

Healthy trees filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife.

Itís not hard to plant a tree and give back to the environment.

Trees are usually great additions to yards, especially fruit trees.

And fruit trees may offer a better return on effort than anything in the garden. A single semi-dwarf apple tree, for example, can produce up to 500 apples in a season, with a productive life of 15 to 20 years. Several trees, with different harvest times, can bring fruit to your table 8 months of the year.

Here in California, I grow orange, tangerine and lemon trees. Make sure to pick a tree that works well with your climate.

In the far North you can grow hardy apples and pears.

A bit farther south, try sour cherries, plums and apricots.

And in the nation's midsection, add cherries, nectarines and peaches.

Citrus fruits can be grown in select areas of the South.

Most fruit trees require a dormant period, when temperatures must remain below 45 degrees. If you live in the Deep South, check with local nurseries for low-chill varieties.

When adding trees to your yard make sure you have a landscape plan that takes each tree into consideration. Keep in mind that your tree will grow up and out. It will need space around it to mature.

If youíre unable to add a tree to your home, look in to planting trees in your local parks and forests. There are many local and nation-wide organizations focused on plating trees to beautify our land and help the environment.

 
   
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