Over the holidays, my entire family took over my kitchen to make fresh applesauce from an Arthur secret recipe. Throughout the process, I was constantly reminded that making food from scratch to store for the winter months is a pretty amazing feat — one that we take for granted when we are shopping at the closest grocer. This movement of growing our own food is making a comeback with a younger generation but for the last 10 years, planting fruit trees in the yard has not been ‘en vogue.’
As a landscape designer, I can take some of the blame for the lack of fruit trees going into our homes. When compared to a Paperbark Birch or an Amur Maple, an apple tree just isn’t as impactful. It really has become all about ‘pretty.’ Fruit trees also have a few other strikes against them. Homeowners do have to brush up on their care knowledge with a fruit tree. Pruning and maintenance is required and each variety has its own special needs.