Cost Of Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees Costs 2024

Fruit Tree Cost Breakdown: There are two main cost considerations for fruit trees – initial year costs and ongoing maintenance costs.

Initial Year Costs:

  • Tree itself: The price of the fruit tree is a major factor. Here’s a range to consider:
    • Bare-root whips (youngest and cheapest): $20-$50
    • One-year-old trees: $30-$75
    • Two-year-old trees (more established, bear fruit sooner): $50-$100+ (price can vary depending on variety and source)
  • Planting:
    • You can plant yourself (free) or hire a professional (around $20 per tree for labor).
  • Tools and Materials: You might need some basic tools and materials for planting, like:
    • Shovel: ~$20
    • Mulch: ~$2-3 per bag (amount depends on tree size)
    • Stakes and ties (optional, for younger trees): ~$10
    • Pruning shears: ~$20 (optional for first year)
  • Optional Extras:
    • Sprayer: ~$25 (for pest and disease control)
    • Spray materials: ~$45 (can last multiple seasons)
    • Ladder (for taller trees): ~$100+ (optional, but useful for future maintenance)

Total Initial Year Cost (example):

Let’s consider planting two apple trees yourself with basic materials:

  • 2 x Bare-root apple trees ($40 each): $80
  • Planting labor (DIY): $0
  • Shovel: $20
  • Mulch: $10
  • Pruning shears: $20 (optional)

Total: $130 (without optional shears)

Ongoing Maintenance Costs:

  • Pruning tools: You’ll likely need pruning tools for future years (loppers, hand saw, shears) – can range from $20-$100 total.
  • Pruning: Professional pruning can cost around $75-$150 per tree per year, but you can learn to do it yourself.
  • Pest and disease control: Spray materials can cost around $20-$50 per year depending on your needs.
  • Fertilizer: Fertilizer can cost around $10-$20 per year.


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