Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation
In this course you'll discover what deciduous fruit trees need to survive and thrive. You'll learn about factors like climate, landscape, and soil, which affect choosing an appropriate site for a successful orchard.
This course also covers how to prepare that site for planting, and how to think ahead about potential climate change. You'll download a checklist of orchard planning and preparation tasks to organize your planning two years prior, one year prior, and the year of planting.
- Beginning tree fruit growers
- Identify the moisture, heat, and climate requirements for growing tree fruit
- Determine the soil characteristics of a site that will allow fruit trees to thrive
- Identify the physical characteristics of a site that make it desirable for establishing an orchard
- Recognize the benefits of a site's slope and aspect
- Identify what site characteristics can be improved upon and which can't
- Make good decisions on what species of tree fruit are best for a particular site
- Sketch a map of what your orchard will look like using your knowledge of sound horticultural principles
- Determine what needs to be done to prepare your site two years before planting, one year before planting, and in the year of planting
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