planting fruit trees on mounds

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    Can anyone give me some pointers on how to properly plant on mounds?
    I want to plant my apple tree slightly higher from the soil surface for better drainage.

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    There is no info in that link on what steps one must take to CONSTRUCT a planting mound for a fruit tree....so as to improve it's drainage!

    here is a diagram as an example of what I need to do:

    CLEARANCE OF(FROM THE GROUND)
    ____________FRUIT TREE__________________________________________

    ____________GROUND SOIL LEVEL_________________________
     
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    The purpose of the mound itself is to help in drainage because the mound accommodates the roots in early stage before the tree gets establsihed. Most of its roots at that stage are in the mound above the wet soil deproved of oxygen. Water drains away from the mound by gravity. Also, when you make a mound, you may dig the ground underneath before and add&mix something to improve drainage such as sand, perlite or other organic material.
     
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    What digging steps does one take to effectively construct a soil mound...that is what I need to find out from the good members of this board.

    i.e.

    -Dig a 2 foot hole by so many inches...e.t.c.
    -raise soil around mound
    -cover tree with soil.
     

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