Answer: Either spring or fall are the best times to plant trees and shrubs. This is when temperatures are cool and rainfall abundant, and both conditions will help the roots become established.
Apples trees need full sunshine and like a good loam soil, rich in organic matter. Sandy soils tend to dry out quickly, and clay soils can be waterlogged. Apple trees cannot withstand "wet feet" so be sure the area you choose does not remain saturated for a long time after arain. All soils can be improved by the addition of organic matter--compost, well-rotted manure, shredded leaves, grass clippings. You might want to consider mulching under your trees, rather than letting the grass grow right up to the trunk. This will help you avoid damaging the trunk with a weed whacker.
To plant, dig a hole as deep and slightly wider than the nursery container. Lay the tree on its side and gently slide it out of the pot, then carefully loosen the roots if they seem to be growing in a circle. Set the roots into the hole and backfill with soil, then tamp it down to eliminate air pockets. Water deeply to help settle the soil and remember to water deeply once each week during the growing season.
Best wishes with your new apple trees!
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