Apple trees are a good addition to your orchard collection or even as a single tree in your backyard. Apple trees, depending upon the type, can provide you with bushel baskets of fruit each growing season with a little care. Apple trees are the perfect tree for the beginner gardener because they require little effort and care to always be healthy and look their best. It's simple to grow and care for an apple tree in your backyard or orchard.
Plant the apple tree in a well-drained area that receives plentiful sunlight for most of the day. Apple trees can survive in partial sun conditions, but tend to do best in full sunlight.
Fertilize the tree once in early spring, using an organic tree and shrub fertilizer if you are going to eat the fruit. If you are growing the tree for looks, standard tree and shrub fertilizer will suffice.
Add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help keep moisture close to the roots and to help protect the roots during the winter.
Water the tree frequently or as needed, depending upon the weather conditions in your area. The soil around the base the tree should stay moist to the touch.
Prune the apple tree in the winter after the apple tree has slipped into dormancy. Light pruning throughout the year is acceptable, but heavy pruning to improve the looks and the health of the tree should wait until the winter. Use sharp pruning shears and/or garden loppers to remove the branches.