Landscaping Your Yard With Cherry Trees
Cherry trees are some of the most popular landscape trees because of their beautiful spring flowers, and many varieties produce tasty fruit.Some types of cherry trees are considered sterile as they do not produce any fruit, and are cultivated for their ornamental blossoms. Cherry trees come in quite an array of colors and sizes. Basic cherry tree care consists of watering, fertilizing, pruning, and protecting against pests and diseases. Cherry trees typically have a shorter life span than other flowering trees, simply because they are more prone to diseases and pests. By performing regular maintenance, the life of the tree can be prolonged significantly. Most varieties of cherry tree prefer moist soil. One exception, the Sergeant Cherry, can tolerate drier conditions. Until a watering pattern has been established, it is helpful to probe the soil around the tree about three inches (8 cm) deep. If the soil is dry, the tree is in need of water. Performing this action regularly will help determine how often the cherry tree should be watered.
Applying organic mulch around the base of the tree will help seal in moisture, and prevent the soil from drying out to an intolerable level. An all-purpose fertilizer with high nitrogen content should be applied to the base of the cherry tree in the spring. The best way to apply fertilizer is to spread it in a circle around the base of the tree, being careful not to allow any to settle on the trunk. The fertilizer will penetrate the soil and provide the necessary nutrients to the roots of the tree. There are many different fertilizers formulated especially for cherry trees which may result in larger blossoms and higher fruit production.