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3 Summer Care Tips for Healthier Peach Trees

Peach Tree
Peaches are a big deal in South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, the state normally harvests over two hundred million pounds of the sweet, juicy fruit each year. Here are three summertime tips to keep your peach trees healthy and productive.

1. Keep Peach Growing Sites Clean

You help your peach trees thrive when you keep their growing areas clean and tidy. If you allow weeds to grow tall and lush under your peach trees, you provide cozy cover for insects that attack peach trees and peach fruit.

Use a mower or string trimmer to keep the weeds down throughout the growing season. Make sure to trim grass and weeds under your trees after you harvest fruit too. Harmful insects can spend winter in dense weeds under peach trees.

Remove fruit as soon as it falls. If your peach tree has an infestation of insects that lay their eggs in your peaches, the larvae can live in the rotting fruit under your trees. Insect larvae then burrow into the ground under your trees and emerge to attack fruit the next season.

2. Water Your Trees Well During Dry Spells

When your peach trees receive plenty of rain, watering the trees isn't a big issue. This spring and early summer, rains have been so abundant that the state of South Carolina has been declared drought-free for the first time in two years, according to Greenville News. Your peach trees may have only needed limited irrigation during the growing season.

However, later in the summer, conditions may change. Weeks without rain can affect fruit production and overall health of your peach trees.

When conditions are dry, water your peach trees at least once a week. Use a soaker hose or other method to water the trees deeply. Peach trees require between 1 to 1-1/2 inches of water each week to maintain their vigor during the hot summer days.

3. Hire Experts to Prune Trees During July and August

Late summer is the active growing season for peach trees. If your trees are receiving adequate nutrition, sunlight, and rainfall, trees can send out lots of new growth that could hamper the trees' strength and fruit-producing ability.

However, peach trees can be damaged by improper DIY pruning. Limbs may succumb to diseases from uncleaned pruners and jagged trimming wounds. Your tree service knows how to make the correct types of cuts when pruning your peach trees.

Your tree service will prune back:
  • Dead and damaged limbs
  • Crossed limbs
  • Rubbing limbs
  • Long, weak limb growth
  • Green side shoots and suckers
Limbs that are growing toward the center of the peach tree are also pruned away. The removal of center-growing limbs and branches allows more light into the tree to ripen fruits and reach interior foliage.

Other benefits of late-summer pruning include:
  • Sturdier branch development
  • Less crowding of branches and fruit
  • Better nutrient allocation throughout tree
Schedule your tree service to prune your peach trees when the weather is dry. Rainy or damp conditions when pruning can promote the spread of fungal and other tree diseases that can harm or kill your peach trees.

Don't wait too late to schedule summer peach-tree pruning because trimming the limbs and branches can trigger new foliage growth. You don't want the fresh new growth to be damaged by frost or a deep freeze, so avoid scheduling peach pruning once autumn is in full swing.

Late-summer pruning is not intended to shape your tree or thin fruits but can help maintain the shape and vigor of your trees. Winter and spring are the seasons to schedule heavier pruning of peach trees. However, dead, diseased, and damaged peach-tree limbs may be pruned at any time of the year, as long as the weather is fair.

Contact Seasoned Tree Care today to schedule your summer fruit tree pruning. We provide fruit tree trimming and pruning services to residents throughout the Greater Anderson, Greenville, and Simpsonville, South Carolina region.