Get step-by-step directions for adding a fruit tree to your landscape.
Choose a Fruit Tree
Find a fruit tree that thrives in your climate. If you're not sure what kind will work best, ask the people at your local garden center. It helps to know what kind of soil and location you have when you make your choice.
Choose a Location
Fruit trees love sun. So your location should provide six to eight hours of sunlight. You want soil that is rich in nutrients and retains moisture. Also, make sure that there's enough room for your tree to grow.
Prepare the Soil
Make sure that your soil has enough organic material in it by working in compost or a product that is high in iron and phosphorous, such as Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Trees and Shrubs. Iron and phosphorous help stimulate root growth and prevent leaves from yellowing.
Your tree will have an easier time getting established if you plant it in the spring. Dig a hole that's about 18 inches deep and wide enough for the root system. Knock some dirt off the side of the hole and create a little mound in the middle. Place your tree's root ball on top of the mound, so that the graft line is three inches above the ground. Reach in and gently spread the roots evenly in the space between the root ball and the wall of the hole. Fill in the space with soil to a level that's about two inches above the ground. As you water, the soil will settle.
Stake, Mulch, Feed, and Water
Young trees need support, so be sure to stake your new tree. Add a layer of mulch around the base to help your tree retain moisture. Just be sure to keep the graft line open. Give your tree deep watering on a regular basis until it's established. Also, feed it in early spring and midsummer. Feeding spikes, such as Miracle-Gro® Fruit and Citrus Fertilizer Spikes, work well.