Don't have much space?
Urban backyards are often small – in this case you could espalier your fruit trees (train them to grow flat against a wall), or buy trees grown on dwarf rootstock which reduces their size.
Be aware of the mature size of your tree – make sure you don't plant too close to your house or neighbours property.
Note: trees planted on road reserves without permission will be cut down.
Taking care when planting a tree pays off, the right steps now will mean your tree will be healthy for generations to come.
For the best results:
- dig a square hole to plant in – this helps to promote the spread of roots with hold the tree in place
- place a layer of seaweed from the beach or sprinkle plant food available from any garden store over the bottom of the hole – this adds extra nutrients to the soil to help your tree establish itself
- plant your tree into the hole, and add compost mixed with soil around the roots.
You can read more about planting trees in the International Society of Arboriculture's New Tree Planting Guide (1.2MB PDF)