Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
I want to limit growth of newly planted fruit trees and wonder if it would be possible to do that by making a large wooden box and planting each one in a box in the ground? Also if it would work to do that, do I need redwood? I have a stack of 4 x 12 x 16 douglas fir lumber which had been painted on one side and I wondered if I could use them to do this or will they create bug problems?
Rate This FAQ
By placing your fruit trees in a box, no matter how large you are severely restricting the space their roots have to grow in. This will not stop root growth but just force them to grow in another direction. They may grow down past the edge of the box and back up the other side, push apart the corners or work their way through small openings or they may even start growing in circles around the trunk of the tree which can lead to girdling roots where the tree actually strangles itself to death. Restricting root growth of the tree will decrease both the number and the quality of the fruit your tree can produce and shorten the lifespan of the tree. The best method of limiting the size of fruit trees is to choose a dwarf variety and by proper pruning. I have included a link to a document called "Pruning the Orchard" that gives specific examples of pruning methods for each type of fruit tree.
Any lumber used in your garden or around plants should not be treated with any chemicals that could leech into the soil and damage the plants.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- I have built a terrace at the back of my garden and would like to start a grape arbor as a natural fence between my yard and my neighbor. What grapes would do well and how do I go about starting an arbor? What kind of fencing would I need?
- I had three Canadian Red Chokecherry (prunus virginiana L.) planted Oct 2007; 1 1/2" caliper, 13' tall. This spring, the leaves were a solid green; now they they are turning a purplish red. Is this normal?
- Our new home came with some juvenile trees and sapplings planted very closely together in one corner of the yard. Who can identify these trees for us, so we know which ones (if any) to remove/relocate?
- I have mexican fruit flies that lay eggs and hatch larve in my apples and cherries. They are larger than reqular fruit flies and have black and white striped wings. When should I spray? What should I spray with?
- What kind of Strawberry plant do you recommend? I remember Crocket's Victory Garden recommending an ever bearing one for the New England area.
- When and how do I harvest my butternut and buttercup squash?
- I would like to prune my lilac bush. What is the best time of year to do so and how much can be cut back and not harm the bush?
- I want to plant raspberries in my garden next spring but am confused. Which does better in Cache Valley: summer- or fall-bearing? The USU pub on raspberry production (HG/2004-16) says plant only Haida or Malling Joy, but I haven't found anything about these species on the web. Is this statement still valid? If so, are they fall- or summer-bearing? If not, what is your species suggestion?