Planting time is family time.
The family planting trees. 4 deciduous fruit trees that should provide us. In addition to fruit, they will shade the front of the house from the western sun that blasts it in summer.
I used tree guards around their bases. These keep water where it is needed and allow it to move down to the roots.
I’ve tried pipes over the years but have seen the local councils use these plastic guards to great success.