Soil Preparation for Apple Trees

Preparing your soil before you plant will greatly improve your apple tree’s performance and promote healthy, new growth. It is a good idea to have your soil tested prior to planting, and even annually after planting, to determine if it is lacking in any essential minerals and nutrients. You can use one of our digital soil meters to test your soil, including its pH and moisture, or collect a soil sample to send to your local county Cooperative Extension.

The goal of soil preparation is to give your apple tree a strong foundation. This includes replenishing vital minerals and nutrients with fertilizers or organic matter, as well as breaking up and loosening compacted soils.

NOTE: This is part 5 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow apple trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.