There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. With gardening, that saying can be taken quite literally. Most people have tried out tending a vegetable garden in a patch of their yard, but tending fruit trees takes that experience a step further. Here’s some information on the best fruit trees to grow in Texas, along with some tips on how to tend them to make sure that you can always show off the fruits of your labor in the best possible light.
1. Apple Trees
We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so you might be interested in being able to grow your own plentiful supply of apples. However, it’s important to consider that apple trees grow best in the eastern parts of Texas and that they are in season from July to November.
Some of the best types of apple trees to grow in Eastern Texas include Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples. These varieties require full sunlight and well-drained soil to thrive. You also want to make sure you plan for sufficient space for your full-grown tree. They can grow anywhere from 20-25 feet and their spread covers about the same diameter.
The best way to light apple trees is with tree spotlights. Tree spotlights help bring attention to the beautiful foliage and color of the apples. Your lighting can help you make sure all of your neighbors can see and be envious of your delicious bounty but never fear; if tended well, you should have more than enough apples to share the wealth.
2. Fig Trees
While they may not be as familiar as apples, figs are a lovely fruit that you can grow yourselves. Fig trees are common in Central Texas. If your space is limited, they might be a better option for you than apple trees because they only grow to be about 10 feet tall. They do, however, need to be kept in direct sunlight. They also need to be planted in a spot that is protected from winter weather, such as frost, because fig trees are extremely susceptible to cold weather. They may have a relatively short growing season that only runs from July to August, but they have a gorgeous deep purple color that can add valuable visual interest to the exterior of your home.
The best way to show off that eye-catching color is to use floodlights. Fig trees need natural sunlight for at least 8 hours a day, which means they need to be out in the open. Using floodlights on your house can help highlight your tree and cast gorgeous shadows across your garden and lawn.
Persimmons are another often overlooked fruit that you should absolutely consider cultivating for their sweet, but the refreshing taste and their ease. They can grow just about anywhere in Texas, and their leaves are hardy, which means they are not prone to pests or diseases. If you consider yourself a beginning gardener, this is probably the tree for you. Persimmons are ripe for eating during the fall, and they are a healthy source of vitamin A, which has a host of benefits, from supporting eye health to benefitting skin. These trees can be lighted using well lights to help show off the fruit and foliage.
Garden Landscape Lighting
Don’t let another moment go by without working towards the creation of homegrown fruit. There’s nothing like being able to share fruits from your own backyard with your loved ones. Gardening takes a lot of time, effort, and care that shouldn’t go unnoticed, too. That’s why as you tend your garden, you should also call Enhanced Outdoor Lighting & Design. We can make sure the exterior of your home is well-lit so that it can command the attention it deserves.