Dig a hole 2-3 times as deep and 3 times as wide as the container that your new tree is in. Create a soil mixture using the following ratio as a basic guideline:
Plant your tree slightly above grade so, when the dirt settles, the crown of the rootball will be even with the ground around it.
Create a berm at least 4 inches high around the tree's drip line using your leftover native soil. (A drip line is the farthest points of a tree's foliage.) Check out our YouTube channel for video demonstrations on this important step!
On top of the soil, apply layers of the following:
Drip irrigation is not a recommended way to water your new fruit trees. Learn to check the soil by testing it with your finger. Check out our YouTube channel for videos on how to appropriately water.
When watering for the first time, provide four times the gallon size of the container your new tree is in. For example, a 3 gallon container would require 12 gallons of water.
For maintenance watering, provide two times the gallon size of the container your tree came in. For example, a 3 gallon container would require 6 gallons of water.