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Where To Set Apples Trees

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A correspondent oi an excliango writes : The habit of setting troes c!ose to fences obtained lcng ago wben our lands were new and unexhausted. Applo trees then would flourish under any treatment and in defiance of neglect. Henee many farmers planted tbera closo to fences to get them out of the way, so that tbey would not liave to bo luiwtul and geed in plowing. Kut a chango has taken place, lands have becomo exhausted ; tho soasons appoar less favorable to fruit culture, and trees, genorally, loss hardy than formerly ; and liko most other vegetation and crops demand and must receivo great care, or fmit will not be gathored in good supply. With these facts, patent to all observers, how can a sober, reflocting orchardist urge a continuance of that unprofitable and obsolete system of fruit culture ? I advise any farmer who proposes to sot out any given nutnbor of apple trees, if he would deservo and auticipate success, to not set closo to fonces nor rely on oíd fog or any drifting material, leaves or snow to fertilizo them ; but having selected a suitable. location, put the ground in good condition by generous cultivatiou, deep and thorough plowing and dressing ; select thrifty trees and set them carofully, and continuo to cultívate and keep mellow the entire ground set apart for tho orchard ; allow n fences or other obstructions to provent your cultivating on all Mes of the trees planted ; attend to properly pruning at the propor time, so as to devclop symmotrical and well-balancwl tops ; aud a fow years will mako the young orchard not only tho most charming featuro of the farm, but the most valuable in point of pleasuro und profit.


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Michigan Argus