Many homeowners enjoy having fruit trees in their yard or garden. These trees are not only visually attractive but will also provide fresh fruit. One option when choosing a fruit tree is the cherry tree. How the tree is planted is an important part of caring for these trees. Proper planting will ensure a longer and more productive life for the plant.
Choosing a Location
Cherry trees need plenty of sunlight and should not be placed in a shadowy spot. These trees should also not be placed in a dip or place where water collects. If one’s yard has any small hills or an elevated area, this is a good place for these trees as it is likely to remain relatively dry and will allow plenty of light to reach the tree. Elevated soil tends to drain better as well. Avoid planting a cherry tree where there was recently a plum, peach, or another cherry tree. The previous trees may have used many of the soil’s nutrients, which can make it difficult for the current tree to remain healthy.
A cherry tree tends to thrive in moderately acidic soil. One may determine the pH of the soil by taking a sample to a garden center. These places can usually test the sample and decide whether the soil is suitable for these trees. If it is not, one can usually use cherry tree fertilizers to keep the soil acceptable for the tree.
When to Plant
These trees should be planted in early spring once the risk of frost has passed. They can sometimes be successfully planted in the fall, but this may not give the cherry tree enough time to adjust before winter.
Preparing to Plant
Cherry trees do not tend to compete well with other plants for the soil’s nutrients. One should clear out the area around the planting site to make sure the tree has little competition. This can be usually done with a weed whacker. It is best if the tree has relatively clear land surrounding it for about twenty feet on all sides.
Planting the Tree
When planting a cherry tree it is important to dig a hole large and deep enough that it does not crowd the roots. The hole should also be deep enough that the tree is adequately supported by the soil. In most cases, it is best to have the tree planted at the same depth as it was in its previous location. Any damaged roots should be trimmed before placing the tree in the hole. If the roots are in a pot or burlap cover, remove this before planting. When placing the cherry tree into the hole, gently spread out the roots and cover them with enough topsoil to hold the tree upright. Pat the soil down with your hands to make it hold firm. Add some water to settle the soil before adding the remainder of the soil to the hole. Once the tree is planted add some more water to the soil.
Maintaining the Newly Planted Tree
For the first year it is very important to give extra water to the cherry tree. This allows the roots to grow into their new soil efficiently. After the first year, the new tree can be watered normally.
These steps are all important when planting this kind of fruit tree. These trees can be very beneficial to those that own them. Planting a cherry tree can provide an attractive addition to one’s yard as well as eventually allowing the owner to grow and pick his own fruit.
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