More Trees in Less Space – Duo planting

A small garden space doesn’t mean that you can’t have productive trees. There are many miniature and dwarf varieties that don’t take up a lot of room. They will add height and structure to the garden, as well as shade, colour and flower.

Some fruit trees, such as apples and stone fruit, need two trees for cross pollination. One tree may be possible, but many people throw their hands in the air and give up at the thought of two trees. The good news is that there’s more than one way to plant a fruit tree. The trick is to plant two bare root trees in the same hole.

After selecting two compatible trees, place them about 150mm apart in a prepared hole. Prune any branches that will intersect and backfill the hole as you would for a single bare root specimen. The trees should flourish and produce a bountiful crop for you to enjoy.