How to Plant Crabapple Trees

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When planting crabapple trees, you'll want to dig the hole twice the size of your root ball. Plant crabapple trees with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon. I'm with Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about how to plant crabapple trees. Crabapple trees are coming back into fashion. For the last several years there's not been a deal of interest in them but now the momentum is moving forward. We're going to show you how to put a crabapple tree into your garden. Dig your hole twice the size of the root ball. Notice how careful he is. So if you hold her in there nice and straight we are going to mix some organic mulch with the native soil, very important because this is going to hold moisture, it's going to hold nutrient. Then I'm going to put a little bit of slow release fertilizer in there. Slow release fertilizers are heat and water sensitive so depending on the time of the year, that's when they will release their fertilizer, look at that mulch. We slowly add her in the hole. Very important, this is a two man job, planting a tree this size because it's very important that you keep her nice and level. Make sure you do not plant above the graft, this is the graft point. Always keep to the original soil level. You can see the mulch in there. We need to make sure we leave a well around the tree and the reason we have the well is that's to hold the water. We can put one more little sprinkle of slow release fertilizer in there and now we give a good watering. You can either use a hose or you can use a watering can. Make sure you really fill that well up nicely and then what I always do, I always put a bit more mulch in there. You'll notice this plant has a stake on it. Maybe next year I'll remove the steak but right now I'm going to leave it in place because it keeps the tree nice and straight. There you have it, one happy apple tree.


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