Posted: 17/08/2015 at 09:40
Many good points there Tetley particularly the point about the Roundup
Looking back I can't see which tree was referred to, but if it was an attempt to kill off the suckers under the apricot, it would undoubtedly have killed the tree too
And even just spraying the grass/wild flowers around the base will have damaged the tree unless the trunk was protected.
The method of planting may have caused problems in a wet year, as sometimes the hole can act as a sump and the tree roots simply drown.
Lots to consider.