Based on member and tree owner interest, starting in December 2015, City Fruit will offer fruit tree care services in the Seattle area. This includes comprehensive tree assessments, pruning, and organic pest prevention. Ongoing care and maintenance improves the health and productivity of fruit trees. Certified Master Fruit Tree Stewards, select individuals that have completed City Fruit's intensive 6-month tree care program plus additional service hours, will complete the work.
Tree Care Options
Pruning - A certified City Fruit Master Fruit Tree Steward will prune and train your fruit tree in order to improve its health and productivity. The dormant winter season is the best time to prune most fruit trees, between December and February.
Organic Pest Prevention - This service is best for apple or pear trees that experience coddling moth and apple maggot damage. There are two effective, non-spray pest prevention methods. The first is to net the entire tree which both protects all the tree's produce and catches any fallen fruit. The second method is to cover each piece of a fruit with a "baggie." This can be quite a time-consuming process but a properly covered piece of fruit has a very high success rate in developing into full, pest free piece of produce.
Tree Care Assessment and Comprehensive Tree Care Action Plan - This service is meant to provide tree owners with a thorough understanding of the health of one's trees as well as the what local factors may be influencing the health of the tree through an on-site consultation. A tree assessment will take a look at every zone of the tree from its roots to the top of the canopy. From there, City Fruit will develop a simple to follow, customized action plan for a tree owner to follow in order to improve the health of the tree.
Comprehensive Tree Care - Love your fruit trees but don't have time to maintain them? Hire City Fruit to maintain your trees year round! We will conduct a tree assessment, develop and implement an action plan to improve the health and productivity of your fruit trees!
Pruning: $75/hr, one-hour minimum. Most fruit trees require between one and two hours pruning in the winter season. A certified Master Fruit Tree Steward will visit your home and tree, provide an estimate, and with your permission, complete the work.
Tree Care Assessment & Action Plan - $75/hr, one-hour minimum. The summer months are best for assessing your fruit trees when both fruit and foliage are available for analysis. A certified MFTS will visit your home, assess your fruit trees, and issue their findings along with an action plan.
Comprehensive Tree Care - Dependent on the number, type, and size of trees. Contact us for pricing estimates.