Taking a stroll in our orchard

Yesterday Poppy Seed, McCoy, Xander, and I took a stroll up our hill to the orchard. The grass needs to be cut back and the trees pruned. Not sure if we’re even going to keep the trees. We have to read more about them. The trees are covered with lichen and that makes me think they aren’t very healthy. The fruit is all small and bug infested. Of course a good pruning and some organic matter might fix all that, don’t really know.

The Xander Bear
The Xander Bear

Xander under an apple tree checking things out. There was a big garter snake under the tree but it slithered away before I could get a photo of it.

Checking out the view.
Checking out the view.
Hey, this grass stuff tickles!
Hey, this grass stuff tickles!

Some of the fruit trees. We have apple, cherry, and pear trees. No cherries right now.

Little red apples.
Little red apples.
Fuzzy branches, just doesn't seem healthy to me.
Fuzzy branches, just doesn't seem healthy to me.
Little pear.
Little pear.
Did I mention the grapes? We have a ton of them!
Did I mention the grapes? We have a ton of them!

The dogs really love exploring the place. I’m so glad they finally have a yard to run around in.

The grass is taller than Poppy Seed!
The grass is taller than Poppy Seed!
Some is even taller than McCoy!
Some is even taller than McCoy!
Poppy exploring.
Poppy exploring.
McCoy covered in seeds, much better than being covered in yellow jackets!
McCoy covered in seeds, much better than being covered in yellow jackets!

2 replies on “Taking a stroll in our orchard”

  1. Hey! Yes, some serious prunning will completely re-energize fruit trees like yours. 2nd and 3rd year growth produces the best fruit. Also, clean all the ground under the trees. Any leaves or dropped fruit are a bugs favorite place. If you keep the ground clean and allow the top 4-6 inches of soil to dry out, you can greatly reduce the bugs. Drip irrigation really helps too. Once you get the trees in shape the maintenance side of things is simple.

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