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How frequently and how much should I irrigate pecan trees?

The most critical time for newly planted pecan trees and shrubs is the first summer after they are planted. Water the upper 6 to 8 inches of soil thoroughly. Provide a weekly soaking rather than frequent light sprinklings. A mulch of pine needles, pine bark, and raked leaves or similar materials will help to keep the soil cool and conserve moisture.

Often a loosening of soil around the plants will be helpful and necessary. Normal watering causes compaction and roots need oxygen to grow. Large plants may require a small levee around them to retain the water long enough to soak in.

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit July 16, 2019

Pruning is a task I put off, and my blueberry bushes serve as a testament to this fact. Mainly, I am unsure how to do it correctly most of the time and don’t want to kill my plants.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts February 11, 2019

Commercial pecan growers can learn about orchard establishment and management during the 2019 Pecan Education Workshop March 20 in Raymond.

Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts January 9, 2019

Fruit and vegetable growers, or those interested in getting into the business, are invited to a daylong conference Feb. 26 in Verona.

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Nuts, Fruit and Nut Diseases November 2, 2018

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit August 8, 2018

Producers can learn about issues related to muscadine production and other fruit-related topics at an upcoming field day in Pearl River County, south of McNeill.

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