6. Pruning
Pruning is essential for fruit trees because the branches need room and plenty of sun. You also don’t want any branches growing near the bottom of the trunk. If you plant in the spring, wait until fall to begin pruning. Citrus trees are the exception and don’t require pruning.

7. Watering
Make a trough around the tree to channel water towards the roots. Unless it’s been particularly rainy, you should soak the tree at least once a week to keep it hydrated.

8. Feeding
No fertilizer required! In fact, adding anything to the soil can kill young trees, it’s best to let new fruit trees adjust to the native soil. You can cover the base of the tree and the surrounding trough with 3-4 inches of mulch. Just be sure not to pile mulch right up to the trunk.