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Planting Apple Trees


   Planting apple trees in a home garden will allow for delicious fruit that everybody can enjoy. Planting apple        trees does not differ much from planting other types of trees, but there are some special things to consider      when planting these fruit trees.

   One is that they are typically not self-pollinating, meaning that only one tree in the garden will generally not      be able to produce much fruit. Planting two or more different species with similar bloom times is a good              idea.

   The location should have soil that is well drained, since standing water will easily kill the trees. The location      should also have good air drainage, keeping low-lying cold air in the spring away from the tree.

   The location used for planting apple trees should also provide for full sun        access. If planting apple trees in a lawn, the grass should be removed            from the planting area in a four-foot diameter circle, to prevent the grass        from competing with the young tree for nutrients and water.

   Once the site is selected, the first step in planting apple trees is to dig the      hole.

   The hole should be approximately twice the diameter of the root system,        and two feet deep. The soil should also be loosened up around the border      to allow the roots to break through more easily.

   The roots should be spread out on the loose soil, ensuring that they are          not twisted or crowded.

   Soil should be placed around the roots and pressed down firmly, to remove      any air pockets.

   When planting apple trees, it is important to ensure that the location of          the graft is at least two inches above the soil. This will ensure that no            roots will grow out of the scion.

   When finished planting apple trees in the garden, watering will remove any      extra air pockets in the soil. A newly planted apple tree may need to be          supported with a stake until the roots can take hold.

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