I am in the process of planting up a new garden from scratch and we planted half a dozen young fruit trees last autumn. We garden on heavy clay which has resulted in parts of the garden resembling a pond on many occasions this year. One of the trees ( a damson) sitting at the lowest point in the little orchard is showing signs of distress and the leaves are turning yellow. I am thinking this is due to the planting hole being filled with water due to the constant heavy rain we have had over the last 2 months. I had thought I could dig a sump hole about 3 foot away with a drainage trench from the planting hole?
Has anyone got any other ideas about how I could save this young tree?