When planting a fruit tree in your yard, start by digging an appropriately sized hole. The hole should be at least wide enough to accommodate the tree’s roots without bending them or bunching them together. Make sure the hole is surrounded by loose soil so that the tree’s roots can acclimate and grow freely. The bottom of the hole should be centered on a small mound of soil. After compacting this soil, the fruit tree will be able to stand on its own.
While this is a great time to add nutrients and vitamins to the soil, gardeners should refrain from saturating the soil with enhancements and preventing the tree from growing under normal conditions. Once the tree is in position, gardeners can begin to fill in the hole with the previously excavated dirt. The soil should be mixed with water and gently patted down in order to provide a solid base for the tree. However, gardeners should be wary of overwatering, as this is the leading cause of failed fruit trees. Any remaining soil can be used to form a small, firm mound around the tree to keep water.