Crab apple aftercare
Ensure that new trees never dry out in their first year. Pay particular attention to summer-planted containerised trees – these can dry out fast in hot weather.
Mulch annually in the autumn to prevent weed growth, keep the soil from drying out and provide nutrients.
In the tree’s first summer, trim off any branches that have died back or that are rubbing. Where two or three are very close together, snip out the weakest.
If, after a few years, your tree becomes thin or straggly, all the branches can be cut back hard promptly after flowering. This will promote strong new growth.
all crab apple trees are grafted, so remove any shoots that arise at the base of the tree.
Ensure young trees don’t dry out
Mulch every autumn for best results