Teryl Roper

What To Do With Your Aging Fruit Trees

Aug 23, 2019

Many Utah homes have fruit trees planted as a part of the home landscape.  Fruit trees provide shade, screening and beauty, as well as providing fruit for table use or preservation.  However, as trees get older, they get taller, and most of the fruit production moves to the tops of the trees where there is light.  Fruit in the tops of the trees are also difficult to spray and harvest.  


Fruit trees that don’t receive enough water will have stunted growth and the leaves may wilt, curl and sunburn.  Fruit can also be affected, resulting in fruit that is small, shriveled and sunburned.  Thus, irrigating trees is very important during the spring, summer and fall in arid Utah.  

Six Precautions For Your Tender New Fruit Trees

Jun 7, 2019
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Every year Utah farmers and gardeners’ plant new fruit trees.  Some were planted as bare root trees and others were planted from pots.  The following are six precautions to take with your tender new fruit trees. 

All Things Age, Including Your Fruit Trees

Apr 19, 2019
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Every living thing ages over time. This is as true for plants, as it is for people. Even the giant redwoods and sequoias of California age over their prolonged lifetimes.

Now Is A Good Time To Prune Your Fruit Trees

Mar 15, 2019

Now is a good time to prune fruit trees. The coldest part of the winter has passed and the trees are still dormant. Fruit trees need pruning every year to keep the trees healthy and to encourage the growth of new fruiting wood that is essential to ongoing production. However, very old trees or trees that have neglected for years should be considered for total removal.


Now that the leaves have dropped from most of our fruit plants there are still a few chores left to do to prepare trees for frigid winter weather.

The First Killing Frost Of The Season

Oct 19, 2018

It won’t be too long until we experience the first killing frost and that will end the 2018 gardening season.