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Do apricot trees need lots of maintenance?

gimlis1mum | Dec 8, 201011:18 AM

Our new side yard is finished and now comes the fun part: planning the plantings. It's a small space, ~50x12 ft. I think I can fit in 3 dwaft fruit trees around everything else that I want to plant (raspberries, blueberries, maybe some cranberries too).

Since space is limited, I am considering fruit trees based on the scarcity of that fruit elsewhere - are there sure aren't a lot of tree-ripened apricots to be found around here. I would also love to plant a Lodi apple tree, but it needs something to cross-pollinate and I don't know if I want to commit 2 of the 3 available spots to apples.

Another consideration is that I'd like to limit spraying as much as possible. The neighbor's house is only ~10 ft farther from where the trees will be. Do apricots need a lot of sprays? Are there other types of fruit trees that are lower-maintenance? I haven't done much with my sour cherry tree except give it a douse of all-seasons oil once or twice a year. It'sa dwarf that's small enough for me to cover it with a spray bottle & I don't have to use a big sprayer thing. I might plant another sour cheery tree too, just in case the one that got moved doesn't make it . It would be nice to have a second variety anyway - sour cherries are pretty rare at markets around here, too.

Any thoughts?

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