It's fruit tree season!
We know this is a challenging year and there are a lot of unique circumstances. ReTreeUS wants to help keep the trees healthy. We are very thankful to work with you on orchard maintenance, your help and feedback is invaluable! It will be so helpful if you can take the super-short survey included in this email. Find this and other resources below. Thank you!

Help us Help Your Orchard:
Take this important 5 question survey!

Let us know how your orchard is doing! Please complete this quick, 5 question survey that will be very helpful in allowing us to track orchard health and inventory for educational lesson plan development and to be alerted to issues we may be able to help with. Take the survey here. Thank you!

Schedule a Zoom Consult with Richard!

Do you have questions or concerns about your orchard or need direction re: ongoing maintenance? We want to connect with you and help promote healthy, productive fruit trees! Schedule a consult with Richard at the link below. We hope to talk with you soon.
Schedule a 30 Minute Zoom Consult

Spring Mulching

Adding mulch or wood chips to the bases of your fruit trees is important in order to prevent weeds and weedwackers from encroaching on the trees.

Step 1: Use a hoe to break up and remove as many weeds as possible.

Step 2 (optional): Apply a layer of compost followed by a layer of non-glossy cardboard (remove tape and staples) to the base of the trees. The trees love this sandwich that builds up the soil, improves the health of the trees, and reduces weeds!

Step 3: Apply wood chips. 
As you spread the wood chips (if you added cardboard, make sure it is covered, about an inch or two thick) in a ring around the tree, be careful not to let mulch pile up directly against the base of the trees (create a small indented "well" of airspace between the mulch and the base) as this may cause rotting and pest pressure. 

School Garden Virtual Support Meetings

Coming right up this Wednesday and Thursday the Maine School Garden Network will be hosting these School Garden Support Virtual Meetings. These calls provide great insight, helpful conversation and resources.

Summer Watering

If your trees have been planted in the last couple of years, please be sure to set up a plan for someone to water your trees throughout the summer. Fruit trees need the equivalent of 1 inch of rain per week. If it is a dry summer, young trees will need to be watered (fully saturated x2) on a weekly basis.

Learning Resources

As a reminder you can find pollinator lesson plans, remote learning resources, vegetable growing resources, nature journaling guidance and back to school garden guidance at this link.
Questions or Concerns?

We want to keep in touch! In addition to filling out the survey above, please email Shelley or call (207) 319-4937 with any questions, exciting developments, concerns, or just to plan a site visit. Thank you for all you do to create these healthy places in your school. Orchard Caretakers are the essential element to making the orchard system work.

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