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When the bark of a tree starts to split its britches, especially length wise, it's not due to its diet but rather an environmental condition.
The problem of trunk splitting is often due to warm, sunny winter days followed by drastic temperature drops at night.
Many young fruit and ornamental trees are affected by this condition. Treat by wrapping young, thin barked trees with tree wrap - available at your local nursery.
If you have no snow on the ground, add compost the base of the tree at least 4" thick.