When you give it some real thought, fruit trees are pretty amazing. Not only do they provide delicious fruit for your enjoyment, but they also help to improve the environment by providing shade and oxygen.
They’re also aesthetically pleasing and can even increase property value.
So, how do you go about planting a fruit tree in your own yard?
If you’re interested in planting a fruit tree, this blog post is for you! We will walk you through the process of planting a fruit tree, from selecting the right spot to watering it correctly. And when you’re ready to order your chosen tree online, browse the range of fruit trees at Gardeners Dream for a wide selection of exciting options.
Read on to learn more about how to plant a fruit tree in the UK!
Planting a Fruit Tree
The following is a step-by-step guide to planting a fruit tree:
1. Choose the right type of tree
Take into consideration the size of the mature tree, as well as its sun and water requirements.
According to the UK climate and weather, apples and pears are great options for most regions. Not only that, but they can also be easily trained to fit into small spaces. The fruit quantity will be moderate (depending on the soil and species), but the tree will still provide delicious fruit.
2. Select the perfect spot for your tree
Think about things like sunlight, soil type, and room for growth.
A very important factor is proximity to other trees or buildings, as fruit trees can spread diseases through cross-pollination. The roots of the tree also need room to spread out, so consider the size and layout of your yard.
3. Prepare the soil
Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball of your tree (about 45-60cm in diameter), and just slightly shallower than the root ball itself.
Make sure to loosen up the soil around the hole so that it will be easy for roots to spread out. This will not only help with initial growth, but also promote strong and healthy roots in the long run.
4. Plant your tree
Remove the tree from its pot or wrap and place it into the hole with the roots spread out evenly.
Fill in with soil and water thoroughly to remove any air pockets. But be mindful not to plant the tree too deep, as it can cause decay.
5. Stake your tree
If necessary, use a stake or trellis to provide support for your young fruit tree as it grows and establishes itself in its new environment.
Make sure to tie the tree loosely to avoid damaging the trunk.
6. Take care of your tree
Properly caring for your fruit tree is crucial to its growth and success.
Make sure to water regularly, especially during dry spells. Prune and trim as necessary to maintain a healthy shape and encourage fruit production. Fertilise during the growing season with organic compost or fertiliser specific for fruit trees.
Planting a fruit tree may seem like a daunting task, but with careful planning and maintenance, you can have your own beautiful and delicious fruit tree in no time. Happy planting!