Orange trees are easy to care for as long as you follow a few simple steps. Better care yields better fruits, so make sure that your orange tree is grown in the right environment and receives the proper amount of water and nutrients.Continue Reading
Orange trees require full sunlight to produce healthy, juicy fruit. Make sure there are no obstructions blocking sunlight throughout the day.
Water young trees once or twice on a weekly basis. Do not saturate the soil. Keep it consistently moist. When the tree is mature, water it every week or two, depending on how hot and dry the weather is and how much it rains.
Use well-drained soil to prevent the plant from dying from too much moisture. In areas with alkaline soils, compensate by spraying the tree with chelated zinc or iron sprays.
For the first year of growth, feed the tree a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. After that, use a citrus formula fertilizer, following the manufacturer's instructions. It may be necessary to take a soil test to determine the correct ratio of fertilizer.
Remove dead limbs and branches that touch the ground. Prune interior branches for better sun exposure.
Cover the tree in tarps or blankets during times of prolonged freezing temperatures. Remove them when the temperature rises.
Trees should be pruned in the winter or summer, depending on the reason they are being pruned. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, it is best to avoid pruning in the fall, though dead wood may be discarded at any time.Full Answer >
Some of the reasons that trees are so important to the environment include the fact that they clean the air, clean the soil, produce oxygen and slow storm water runoff, according to About.com. Trees also control noise pollution, provide shade for protection from the sun and much more.Full Answer >
Deer-resistant trees are trees that can withstand the damage caused by deer, either by eating or rubbing. Included in these trees are those that deer generally avoid. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station rated different trees as rarely damaged and seldom severely damaged by deer. Some deer-resistant trees that are included in the list are fir, pine, fig, Hawthorn, paper birch, mimosa, red maple, American holly and spruce.Full Answer >
Trees have a cooling effect on the environment. This is due to evaporation as well as the shade that they provide. Trees also reduce the effects of pollution on the environment.Full Answer >