Fruit Trees and Vines

  • Continue periodic, thorough irrigation to maintain adequate soil moisture until winter rains begin.
  • Operate drip irrigation systems until we receive at least two inches of rain; this helps prevent salt injury.
  • Prune out dead and severely damaged shoots of deciduous trees before foliage drops.
  • Cover grape clusters with paper bags (poke small holes for ventilation) to protect maturing fruit from yellow jackets and birds.
  • Check on maturity of kiwi fruit. Maturity is measured by a change in seed color from white to brown or black. Pick large fruit first, but harvest before fruit softens.


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