Twelve Steps to Successfully Planting Fruit Trees

If you're thinking of planting fruit trees, have a look here so you'll know how to do it right.



065 planting fruit trees - heeling in
"Heel in" your new tree—if you can't plant it right away—by placing it in a 45 degree angle trough. Cover the roots with soil to prevent them from drying out.  
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065 planting fruit trees - digging
Dig a hole that slightly exceeds the width and depth of your tree's root cluster. Place topsoil and subsoil in separate piles.
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065 planting fruit trees - underground vertebrate pest control
If gophers, moles, and other subterranean vertebrate pests are a problem, line the hole with chicken wire.
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065 planting fruit trees - placing the tree
Put a little topsoil in the bottom of the hold and place the tree on the mound.
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065 planting fruit trees - painting
Apply white interior latex paint to the trunk to a point below first branch.
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065 planting fruit trees - filling
Finish filling the hold with subsoil. Build up a mound around the trunk and a shallow trench around the perimeter.
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065 planting fruit trees - filling the hole
Put the rest of you topsoil in the hole, then subsoil on top of that.
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065 planting fruit trees - mulching
Surround the base of the tree with mulch - crushed rock, leaf mold, wood chips, or freshly cut grass if its free of herbicides.
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065 planting fruit trees - staking
Tie the tree to a stake for support if it has been grafted to dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock.
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065 planting fruit trees - screening
Set up a fence around the trunk about 24" high to protect it from rabbits, deer, cats, and puppies.
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