DEALING WITH THE DESERT
What is your rain fall and seasons it falls in? that is where I would start. Since we are in the compost section that is a good place to start. I would dig a hole one year filing it with all the kitchen scraps, shredded paper, and any other organics I could find. Then cover and mark the location. Then the next year dig into the location just before the rain started to plant the tree. The material should be mostly broken down. It is ok to check it occasionally. The organic material should act like a sponge if it is big enough. Feel free to supplement with bagged material. Then you will still need to water the tree for the first few years, Even in Iowa where I get 38 to 40" of rain fall per year I still have to water trees until they are established.
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