fruit tree hole

Venom21April 27, 2013

Hello,

ive ordered a few fruit trees online. they came lookign great, but now its time to plant them. i have some topsoil that looks kinda clay like. what could i throw in there to improve its quality. another question. the root ball is approximately 8 inches wide. is it bad if i dig a hole taht is like 2-3 feet diameter and 2 feet deep so long as i dont plant the tree deep? there are many rocks in my soil here so i was thinking it wouild be a good idea to dig deeper and get them out for the tree to have adequate root space once it does start growing out. i would tamp the soil down providing enough space for the actual root ball to to be a few inches above ground. thanks!

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Dig only as deep as the rootball is high. If you dig deeper, the tree is guaranteed to settle in spite of your efforts. (Don't bother asking how I know that.)

If you want to dig deeper, make certain the rootball sits on a "pedestal" of undisturbed soil.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 8:10PM
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adambeck7

one way i solve that is to mound it up. if it settles some it won't end up any lower than the soil around it.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 8:17PM
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Venom21

thats what i was figuring. i would dig 2ft to make sure all the rocks were removed, fill it up maybe even stomp it down a big and then even put it on a mound so when it does settle it would still be above ground.

is it ok to make the hole between 2.5-3ft wide? or is that too much?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 10:21PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I've mostly heard the hole should be about twice the size of the root ball and dug more like a shallow bowl instead of a deep cylinder shape. Brady

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 11:09PM
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melikeeatplants

I do it like this....

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:55AM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Yes,that's a good diagram.Then the roots can more easily spread and grow. Brady

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 1:37AM
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alan haigh

If you are interested in a more complex set of guidelines this one is thorough and well illustrated. I disagree rather strongly about their suggestion of not mulching over the root ball itself, however, and believe it's based on faulty research (any research I disagree with must be faulty!).

Here is a link that might be useful: the science of planting trees

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:14AM
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mrsg47(7)

I bookmarked these descriptions for planting. Excellent! Mrs. G

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:31AM
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Venom21

would adding leaf compost to teh hole be a good idea?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 5:52PM
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Venom21

would adding leaf compost to teh hole be a good idea?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 5:54PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Is the leaf compost aged well?Leaf compost or leaf mold will add water retention properties,makes the soil structure better and helps organisms,like earthworms and favorable bacteria. Brady

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:02PM
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murkwell

Put the leaf compost on top when you are done.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 12:56AM
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