prepare site

One common mistake gardeners make is not preparing the soil early enough before purchasing trees. It may take a year to prepare a site. Follow soil test recommendations for amendments. Add organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost, leaf litter, etc. Organic matter will make the soil more friable (loose and crumbly).  Work the organic matter into the soil to a depth of about 6 inches. This is also the best time to control perennial weeds such as quack grass, common mallow (cheese weed), Canada thistle and field bindweed (morning glory).