Follow our three part photo essay on grafted fruit tree planting.
Part 3: Top Dress and Mulch!
A newly planted tree should be watered approximately once every 3-4 days during the first growing season. This is best done by soaking the tree canopy drip zone using a sprinkler or due to area or budget constraints by filling a temporary water basin. Build the walls of your watering basin above the surrounding soil level about 5"-6" (photo).
Watering basin walls should rise above the surrounding soil level. The soil level within the basin walls should be level with the surrounding ground (photo).
This will protect the trees trunk from becoming buried over time if the basin should fill in.
Optimum Tree Growth will occur if you mulch the tree canopy drip zone or basin with organics or wood chips to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.
Stephen SainStaff Plant Physiologist