Fruit Tree Care Calendar

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January

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Summer pruning of Apricots after fruiting. Monitor Pear & Cherry slug: If damage is excessive, apply approved control methods.

February

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Prune Hawthorn after fruiting

Budding Day this month

March

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Fertilising of trees after fruiting.

Main harvest period: Document each variety’s ripening date.

April

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Apricot pruning.

May

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Whitewash trunks, collect mummified & fallen fruits and remove dead wood as part of orchard hygiene program.

June

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Start dormant pruning at each tree’s leaf-fall.  Apply soil conditioner. Finish off white washing trunks.

Apply first round of copper spray or alkaline spray (alternate years) to stone fruit.

July

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Weeding. Mulching.

Continue Pruning Program including Winter prune of Hawthorn hedge.

Grafting Day this month.

August

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Tool maintenance. Irrigation flush, maintenance & expansion.

Apply second round of copper or alkaline spray to stone fruit just before budburst.

Additional grafting as needed.

September

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Spring fertilising program.

Codling moth prevention program.

Begin Pear & Cherry slug monitoring.

October

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Fertilising after fruit-set. Tree-training after fruit-set.

November

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Fruit thinning. Pest monitoring (and control if needed).

Main mulching time before summer heat.

Early Harvesting. Netting as needed

December

Weeding. Mulching, Watering as needed.

Check irrigation emitters are all working

Sucker removal, light feed,