1.is this a good time of ... #147929 - Ask Extension


1.is this a good time of ... #147929

Asked August 19, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

1.is this a good time of the year to plant apple trees? I live in Minnetrista, MN and could like to plant about 5 or 6 trees in my yard. Any specific kinds that you recommend? 2. My tomatoes are half eaten by some kind of animal that takes bites off any fruit that is starting to ripen. Any ideas that can help?

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

Spring is generally the best time for planting most trees and shrubs.  If you purchase potting apple trees, they can be planted at anytime during the season. It would be wise to get them planted very soon if you need to, so they have a chance to acclimatize to their new home before cold weather begins.  Read the following information on growing apples in MN in the following publication.  It lists the specific kinds of apples that will grow best in our area along with proper site selection , planting and maintenance.  Select the disease resistant varieties to eliminate having to spray the trees often.

There is a good chance that squirrels are culprits that are taking bites out of your tomatoes, but if you have deer problems, they will also eat tomatoes.  Woodchucks enjoy them too.  Fencing is the the best option for stopping the feeding.  There are also animal deterrents such as Repellex or Hinder  are helpful in keeping the animals out of the garden.  Read the label carefully before using.
Esther Filson Replied August 19, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

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