Soil Preparation for Cherry Trees

Preparing the soil before you plant will greatly improve your cherry tree’s long-term performance and promote strong, 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’s lacking in any essential minerals or nutrients. You can use one of our digital soil meters to test your soil or collect a soil sample to send to your local county Cooperative Extension for testing.

Once you know what’s lacking in your soil, you can amend it with whatever it needs: minerals, nutrients, pH correction or organic matter, which will help break up poor soil.

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