* Remove some fruit from heavily loaded apples and peaches (if the flower buds weren’t killed by frost) to improve fruit size and prevent limbs from breaking. Apples and peaches should be spaced about every 6 to 8 inches. Note that is an average spacing. Two fruit can be closer together if the average is correct.
* Remove sucker growth from the base of fruit trees and grape vines.
* Remove water sprout growth from fruit trees. Water sprouts grow straight up from existing branches.
* Water as needed. About 1 inch of water per week is about right though more may be needed during hot spells.
* "Comb" new growth on grape vines so these new shoots hang down for greater
exposure to sunlight.
* Continue disease and insect control to prevent fruit damage. For more detail on fruit sprays, see “Spray Schedules” on our publication page. (Ward Upham)