This past week I planted the two yellow delicious apple trees I bought at the end of the season. I decided to plant them at the homestead for a few reasons including to provide more shade for the chickens and because the apple trees already here produced so well this year.
After hearing about how well some trees planted in the fall have done in Texas I excited to be planting some and am looking at buying more to plant at RegenFarms. Some to replace the ones that died this summer.
First I removed the roots from the pot.
Then I untangle as many of the roots as possible to keep them from strangling each other as they grow. Also when I place them in the hole I spread them out in as many directions as possible. This should help the tree establish and grow easier and give it a wider and thus stronger base to ground itself.
I place the trees into a soupy mix of water and mud. I then pulled the roots away from the center and stick them in the mud and or place heavy dirt on top of them to keep them in place.
This is the tree at the corner of the permanent pen but in an area near the temporary runs I setup for the chickens. The other tree is directly in front of the permanent pen which will provide the chickens shade much like the large apple tree to the left of this new one.