Home orchard cherry trees
What should I be doing with my cherry trees this spring. I have six, 3 year old Skeena trees on Gisela6 root stocks. I am not sure how much fertilizer and what mix they need, if they should be mulched and how much water each week. Do I need to begin a spray program? The trees all look healthy , have been pruned at 12' and spreaders put on the appropriate branches. Thanks very much Bob Fuquay
Clackamas County Oregon
Thank you for your question, Bob. OSU has a couple of Extension publications which should answer it, and fill in other areas. This one is specifically for home orchards: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec819/html
This one is on pruning requirements of home orchard trees: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw400/html
As for a spray schedule, you don't say whether your cherries have had any pests in the past, or whether you are observing any potential threats now. But this publication should help you decide on a course of action: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec631
Hope these are helpful. Good luck!