Many of you will be planting new fruit trees this spring and will be wondering what effect all the rain will have on your trees. At present your trees are dormant and most likely you are planting them as ‘bare root’. It is well known that up to 90% of your trees roots may be killed when they are lifted out of the nursery and replanted, so it is very important you keep the roots moist and frost free to preserve what’s alive.
Tree roots need oxygen, and prolonged wet conditons will create anaerobic conditions and many more roots will suffocate. In spring, your trees will have a hard job growing new roots and getting the nutrients necessary to grow, flower and fruit.
Another worry is a fungus disease called Phytophora or collar rot which can attack your trees in the summer after a very wet winter. So don’t exacerbate this situation avoid those wet hollows in your garden, don’t pile masses of compost around the roots, and look forward to a nice dry spring and summer!
Also many beautiful productive fruit trees can blow over due to wet soil, so see to your drainage!