Malus domestica (Apple trees) are happiest in an open, sunny site and soil which is not too dry in summer. Plant with other apple tree varieties to encourage pollination and achieve a larger crop. Dig a hole which is deep and wide enough to fit the entire root system. Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the hole before planting. Choose the best side of the tree to face into the garden and position into the hole, then backfill with soil and firm down. Keep a 50cm diameter area around the base of the tree free of weeds for at least the first year. Stake the tree whilst it is young to help prevent it from leaning. It's worth protecting the trunk of the tree with a rabbit guard if rabbits regularly visit your garden. Water in after planting and keep well watered throughout the first year. Feed with a suitable fertiliser each spring for the first few years. Prune in early winter by removing any dead branches first, then any branches which are crossing over or rubbing on each other to create an airy, open framework. During summer, trim back new growth by a third to maintain a compact shape.
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