Many mature but NEGLECTED fruit trees--one ignorant owner!
We have a bunch of fruit tress, 20-45 years old, on our property.
We have, at minimum, peach, apple, and persimmon.
We have not had a SINGLE mature fruit from these trees since we have moved in. The peach trees always get a bunch of fruit, but it disappears before it is ripe. I'm not sure if the squirrels steal it or if it drops and then the squirrels steal it, but deer are also a major problem (and have killed one of the smallest trees since we've moved in).
These trees haven't been pruned in more than 10 years. They are all small, however--maybe 15-20 ft tall for the biggest, most smaller--so they are easy to reach.
What on earth should I do to get fruit??? I need an idiot's guide for how to take established trees and revitalize them.