Companion Plants for Fruit Trees

Planting companion plants for your fruit trees is a great way to help them thrive. You put a lot of effort into your yard and gardens, working to give your plants the best possible growing conditions, and companion planting helps make that work a little easier. The idea behind this age-old gardening practice is that certain plants are beneficial to other plants when placed in close proximity. Some plants attract beneficial insects, some repel predators and some are even said to affect the flavor of edible fruits. In addition to these benefits, companion planting also adds visual interest to your yard and garden, with flower plants and vegetables colorfully mingled together. Here are some great companion plants to help keep your fruit trees growing and producing.

Apple Trees
Chives can help your tree from forming apple scab. Nasturtium repels codling moth. Foxglove is said to help protect your tree from disease, and to help your apples last longer once they're picked. Other good companion plants for your apple tree are onion, garlic, sweet woodruff and wallflower.

Peach Trees
Basil planted at the base of your peach tree will help deter fruit flies. The strong scent of garlic and onions planted near your tree will keep other pests away. Tansy is great for deterring pests, but use with caution if you have livestock nearby, as it is toxic to animals if eaten. Other good companions for your peach tree are asparagus, grape, onion, southernwood and strawberry.

Pear and Cherry Trees
Many of the plants that are beneficial to apple and peach trees are also helpful for pear and cherry trees as well: garlic, onion, tansy and nasturtium will keep those pests at bay. Pear tree also do well planted with currant.

Once you get started using methods of companion planting in your garden, you're sure to be hooked. When combined with other methods such as crop rotation, tree pruning and composting, you will find that your garden with thrive naturally.

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