Having a few apple trees in your backyard can bring you a lot of joy throughout the year. In the spring, you'll get to enjoy the beauty of the apple blossoms, and in the fall, you'll have delicious fruit to enjoy. While raising apple trees is pretty straight-forward, there are an array of diseases, including apple scab, cedar apple rot and fire blight, which can infect the trees and ruin your crop. For homeowners who just want a few trees in their yard, it's usually easiest to choose varieties that are resistant to these diseases so you don't have to spend all of your time spraying fungicides and watching out for signs of illness. Here's a look at three great disease-resistant apple varieties to consider planting.
Pristine apple trees are resistant to common apple disease, so they don't have to be sprayed with a lot of chemicals in order to produce well. These trees are extremely productive, which makes them perfect for backyard apple growers. You can have an abundance of apples with only a tree or two. Pristine apples ripen early in the season, and they stay crisp and fresh for many weeks so you can enjoy them throughout the fall. A sweet apple, they have a yellow skin with hints of pink blush. They're excellent for eating, but can also make some stellar pies and crisps.
If you prefer a red-skinned apple, William's Pride is a great choice. The variety was developed at Purdue University and has long been valued for its disease resistance. William's Pride apples have dark red skin, an attractive round shape, and flesh that is crisp and juicy. Their slightly acidic nature and full flavor profile make them wonderful for baking, though they can be enjoyed out-of-hand as well. William's Pride trees are very vigorous and sturdy, and their crops don't need to be thinned—which translates to less work on your part.
Developed in New York, Freedom apples ripen late in the season—often not until October—but they're delicious and well worth the wait. Freedom trees are very resistant to apple scab and offer moderate resistance to mildew and fire blight. Unless fire blight or mildew disease is very prevalent in your area, you should not have to worry about spraying. Freedom apples have skin that's a mottled red with streaks of yellow. Their flesh is crisp with a hint of tartness. Many people make sauce and juice from freedom apples, but they're suitable for eating and baking, too.
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1 June 2016
Hello, my name is Willy Wilson. When I was in college, I rented a small home with my friends and coworkers. The home was in bad shape and needed a lot of help across the entire property. My friends and I decided to build up the home from the inside out with a unique landscaping layout. The landscaping process ignited a passion for creating gardens out of tired, patchy lawn space. I want to use this site to explore all of the different ways you can create a beautiful landscape around your home. Come by anytime to learn about this fascinating subject.