A “Small” Apple Orchard

April 14, 2010

Yesterday, I mentioned how rootstock can be used to control the height and the amount of space a apple tree requires. Nothing can sum that up better than Gene Yale’s orchard. Take a look!

Yale lives on a small 2500 square foot lot in Chicago but has 97 apple trees! Yale uses Dwarf M27/M111 rootstock and then uses pruning methods to keep them at 5 or six feet tall. Between how he planted them and their size, Yale’s yard looks a lot like a rose garden.

My front yard is quite small, and sometimes I think about turning it into an English cottage garden rather than a lawn, but I think that this technique would look really nice, plus I would have the benefit of apples to eat!

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