Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation

This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting.
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 4
Length: 3 hours
Language: English
Note: This is the first course in the Orchard Management series. A discount is available when you purchase this course and the second in the series, Cultivars, Rootstocks, and Training Systems.

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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.

This is the first course in our Orchard Management series. You can purchase the second course Cultivars, Rootstocks, and Training Systems and this course for a bundle price of $189 (a savings of $19), which will be applied in your shopping cart.

Who is this for?
  • Beginning tree fruit growers
What will you learn?

You will learn how to:

  • 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 desirable orchard site
  • recognize the benefits of a site's slope and aspect
  • evaluate the species of tree fruit that are best for a particular site
  • develop an orchard map using your knowledge of sound horticultural principles
  • determine what needs to be done to prepare your site before planting


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