22 thoughts on “Elevate Your Fruit Tree Planting

    Samantha Shaw

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    What does the tree look like now?

    dev bachu

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    You the best

    Gazala Pathan

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Thank you for the reply. I am crossing my fingers that my tree grows nice and tall.

    Gazala Pathan

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Hi. I live in Toronto and plan to plant a cherry tree in the backyard. The drainage is good…but I still want to plant in a raised bed to get a bug tall tree.
    Should I dig out the native soil, build a stone raised bed around it, fill it with mixed soil and then plant the tree in the bed? Will it survive and grow tall? Don't want to dwarf it.

    Samuel Woolwine

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    I'm doing exactly this with a bare root Italian prune tree I just got. However, the caliper is a bit larger, I'd say about 1.5 inch diameter. Is it too late to lop it off at knee height?

    Randall Baker

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    If I placed the side of the bed about a foot away from a sidewalk should I be worried about the roots eventually working themselves through the heavy clay soil and cracking the sidewalk?

    Ed Sutton

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    what type fruit tree ?

    Andrew Goodwin

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    so I cut my fruits trees like that and lost many. why did I loose so many I live n saint Louis mo. could that have been reason any help would b nice

    Richard S.

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    What happens when the roots hit the side of the raised bed, doesn't it harm the tree?? What size beds are you using? 3 Ft x 3 Ft or 4 Ft x 4 Ft

    DKen

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    why do you use topper to mulch? i always thought topper was for grass seed/sod. does it also work well as mulch and improve the soil?

    65Borneo

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Thanks Dave great advise. I'm going to give this ago in Brisbane Au

    kissofdeath0007

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Did you amend the native soil before you back filled it? I thought the native soil was the issue? If I have poorly draining native soil should I amend it before backfilling it into a raised bed?

    We Are Many Rivers

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    That was very helpful. Thank you. I'm trying to plant a couple apple trees just beyond a berm that eventually drain, but in the spring it's proving to be an issue.

    Dave Wilson Nursery

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Raised bed will help. Be more concerned with the shade than the roots

    Maria Manemann

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    I want to plant some fruit trees in my back yard but I'm afraid that roots from a pecan and oak tree are where I want to plant. I'm already considering raised beds because of drainage. Will they help the fruit trees compete with other trees' roots? Is roots from other trees even something to worry about?

    LS Nelson

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Actually it should be cut that much! I took a class in fruit trees with my local extension office and they showed it that way too. It looks like a scary thing to do, but that's the way to do it.

    Dave Wilson Nursery

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    @cassi4toys You make the raised bed, and fill it with dirt. Then dig a hole to plant the trees.

    informationwarfare

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    @cassi4toys probably better to dig down into the soil in the middle of the raised bed if you really wanna have a raised bed

    Cassi Clausen

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Thanks for your quick response! We have 3 avocado trees that we want to plant (using your backyard orchard method for year round avocados). But, they are in 5 gallon containers. So would we need to elevate the bed higher to match the depth of the rootball?

    Dave Wilson Nursery

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    @cassi4toys You don't want to dig a hole and fill it with something, that will just create a bigger mess. The water would just collect in it and kill your tree for sure. You can make a raised bed out of wood or rock, or just mound up dirt and plant in it. Raised beds work great for multi-planted trees.

    Cassi Clausen

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Is this the best way to deal with poor drainage? Could we dig down and till in some sand or compost instead of raising the bed?

    Also, what if we wanted to do multiple trees (your backyard orchard method)? Would the raised box still work?

    Thanks!

    Cassi Clausen

    (May 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm)

    Is this the best way to deal with poor drainage? Could we dig down and till in some sand or compost instead of raising the bed?

    Also, what if we wanted to do multiple trees (your backyard orchard method)? Would the raised box still work?

    Thanks!

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