Growers of high quality fruit trees
Do not plant into waterlogged soils. Newly planted trees do not like this. If the soil is dry at planting a short burst of irrigation before firming the soil around their roots may improve root to soil contact.
If trees have been held for some time between lifting and planting, giving them a good soaking for 24 to36 hours to rehydrate them markedly improves establishment, particularly if they have been held in bundles.
Weeds are the number one enemy of young trees. Start with a weed free strip 1 to 1.5m wide and keep it clean. Preemergence herbicides do this better than repeat spraying with contact materials. There are a number of pre-emergent herbicides that can be used on trees of one year old. Check their labels and choose the one best suited to your weed spectrum.
Where mallow is likely to be the dominant problem, weed oxyfluorfen may be the most effective. Trees need to be fully dormant at time of application because it can be quite volatile and also is more effective when applied in cool weather.