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picked up a couple of peach trees today. i've heard fall is the best time to plant trees. i've never planted a tree before, i purchased some peat moss to put in the hole beneath the root ball ( something i read) is there any other tips i should know? i live in kansas by the way. thanks, dave.
 

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I can only offer a few tips.

Fall is an excellent time to plant trees. It gives them a big head start. Some studies have shown that root growth in the few months after a fall planting rivals spring planting.

Dig a hole much wider than you were planning to dig. The wider, the better.

I like to have a 50/50 mix of dirt from the hole with leaves or any of the additives I am planning to use.

Make sure you know what ph your tree will do best with and what the ph is of the additives.

Hold off Fertilizing until Spring.

Don't bury the Splice below ground level.
 

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I think the main thing in getting them to live is to get all the little air bubbles off of the root system when planting. I place the tree in the hole and begin adding dirt a little at a time and pulling the roots back to their natural position as I go. Continue until the roots are covered, but the hole is not completely filled. Pour in about 2 gallons of water until it is standing slightly. Tamp around the root system very gently until the air bubbles disappear. Then finish filling in the hole with dirt. I don't like to put any foreign matter in the hole because the object is to get the roots to grow outside the hole in time. Sometimes you can get a bowl or pot effect if you make it too nice in the hole.

You have to spray the trunk for borers in August (in Alabama) or they will not last very long. (But not the first year as they will not be big enough for borers).

I put about 4 oz. ammonium nitrate in the spring, after the tree starts growing, in a circle about 18-24 inches from the tree (outside the dug hole). In following years I use 13-13-13 at a little higher rate.
 

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i finally was able to make time to plant the peach trees. we had 2-3 good frosts last week before i got them in, i hope the trees weren't affected. i have sheep and horses so i gathered some old manure and mixed with the soil (not alot though). i filled the holes with water and let them drain before planting. we will see what happens. i plan on putting in a few apple and cherry trees in the spring.
 
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