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Space your tree with enough elbow room that it can mature and still get full sun.
If your back yard does not allow sufficient space, purchase a dwarf Granny Smith instead of a standard tree.
Water a newly-planted apple tree every week, using low water-pressure and allowing the water time to sink into the soil; this encourages the development of deep roots. Spengler splits her time between French Basque Country and California.
Spread a thick layer of compost around the tree in spring and late fall as a mulch.
When planting your Granny Smith sapling, remember that a standard tree will swiftly grow to its mature height of 12 to 16 feet tall, with a width of 10 to 14 feet.Remove apple blossoms during the tree's first two growing seasons and limit the crop its third year. Even when the Granny Smith is mature, thinning apples makes room for quality fruit to develop. Most dwarf apple trees are grafted on a size-limiting rootstock, but produce full-size apples.
Although some apple trees have flowers with both male and female parts, your Granny Smith apple tree needs a significant other to produce fruit.
Alternatively, purchase a grafted apple tree that produces several varieties of apples on different branches.