Crab ap­ple af­ter­care

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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

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