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Choose a good nursery tree
Choose a good nursery tree

When you buy trees from a nursery, days or weeks before you buy them they will have been lifted from the soil in which they grew, and then ‘heeled in’, which means they’ve been stored in sawdust, loose soil or some other medium to stop their r [...]

Getting ready to plant new trees
Getting ready to plant new trees

Young fruit trees start life with a very small root system, so it makes sense to plant them in a welcoming environment, with a friable soil structure, good drainage and readily available nutrient while their roots get established. Choosing the [...]

Look after young trees in spring
Look after young trees in spring

Trees do a lot of their growing in spring and early summer, so it’s important they get a good start. At first they use the energy they stored in their tissues last season, but as their roots develop and grow, they are soon relying on the nutri [...]

Look after young trees in summer
Look after young trees in summer

In this article we give you a checklist of things to do to help keep your young trees thriving through the summer months,. Read the article in Summer - Week 3.

Planting your fruit trees well
Planting your fruit trees well

Planting your fruit trees carefully will help to get them off to a good start in spring. Being shifted from the nursery is a shock to the tree, and always involves the loss of a lot of roots. Some tender loving care, plus the right soil addit [...]

Should young trees have fruit?
Should young trees have fruit?

We’re often proudly told by new fruit tree owners that their one or two-year old tree has fruit on it. While we appreciate how exciting it is to get a return from a new fruit tree, you could be sacrificing the future shape and structure of you [...]

Success with young trees
Success with young trees

Here’s a quick checklist for newly planted trees to tick off before they start growing, to make sure you’re giving them the best possible chance of success. Read the article in Winter - Week 10.