Planting Your New Mulberry Tree
- Choose a location with well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade.
- Prepare the soil by removing weeds, grass, and debris, then amend with organic matter such as compost or peat moss.
- Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
- Remove the plant from its container and loosen any tangled roots. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil.
- Water thoroughly to settle soil around the roots.
- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
- Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
- Fertilize in early spring and mid-summer with a balanced fertilizer.
- Prune as needed to remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches, and to maintain a desirable shape.
- Apply a fresh layer of mulch each year to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
- Monitor for pests and diseases and treat promptly if necessary.
Note: Mulberry trees have a tendency to spread, so consider planting them in an area where their roots have plenty of room to grow. They are also messy due to their fruit, so plant them away from walkways, patios, and other high-traffic areas.