4. How to Plant
If you purchase bare-root trees, you’ll need to plant them immediately. Your hole should be a couple of inches deeper than the root ball and twice as wide. Cut off broken roots and spread them out in the hole. Ty to plant the tree at the same depth it was planted at the nursery with the root crown a little above ground and mound dirt over it. Firmly tamp the dirt around the roots as you fill the hole because air pockets around the roots can kill the tree.
Certain trees (apple for instance) need to be planted near compatible pollinators in order to bear fruit. Most nurseries have pollination charts to help you choose compatible trees. Generally, you want your pollinators within 50 feet of the fruit tree.