Plant them in full sun and prepare the soil several feet wide where you’re going to plant them. Next, work 1 cubic foot of peat moss into each hole.
“Blueberries like nice, loose acidic soil,” Reeves says. “Then, fertilize them with an organic product and water them well. They really are pretty low-maintenance.”
Other fruit trees, such as peaches, apples or figs, may be tempting, but Reeves says that peach trees are “not really worth the work” in a home garden.
“Bugs and disease love peaches as much as we do,” he says, “but it takes a vigorous spraying schedule and a lot of care to make peaches successful.”
Fig trees tend to sprawl, and full-sized apple trees can become too large as well. “If you want apples, consider any of the dwarf varieties,” he adds.
Reeves praises blueberries for more than their fruit.
“Blueberries are great in the landscape because they produce interest in three seasons,” he says. “Spring with blossoms, summer with fruit and the foliage turns red in the fall.”
Walter Reeves suggests building a PVC pipe frame to surround the blueberry bush, then hanging bird screen over it for protection from hungry pests.
PAMELA A. KEENE has lived in Atlanta since 1981 and written for publications across the Southeast.