How To Plant Fruit Trees

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Unfortunately if you want to enjoy fruit from your backyard or homestead, you are going to have to plant some trees. In the past we have grown cherry¬† trees from seed and grown mango trees from seed, but when it came to transplanting some of the trees didn’t make it. It turns out you have to know how to plant fruit trees.

It is not rocket science. It just basically means you have to spend a little more time digging and preparing the hole that you will be planting your young tree. In the orchard world, they often say “buy a $5 tree, but dig a $50 hole”. Make sure you set aside a lot of time to prepare.

Planting Fruit Trees
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • young fruit trees
  • mulch
  • manure
  • spade
  • compost
  • cardboard
  • wheelbarrow (optional)

The first thing you want to do is clear an area of about 2 to 3 feet in diameter. Use your spade to remove all the sod. After that you start working your way down, removing and separating the different types of soil onto cardboard on the ground next to your hole. You should have 3 piles when you are done sod, subsoil and topsoil.

Dig your hole to about 2 feet deep, then rough up the bottom as well as the sides. This apparently will help your roots get a good grip. Center your plant and then refill your hole. Water well before covering the hole with mulch. If you have rabbits in your area, a fence may be needed around the trunk.

You can get more information on the Homestead Honey blog, here…

How To Plant Fruit Trees

You can watch the video below on how to plant fruit trees…


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