Just cleared 8 acres need help planning apple orchard
I am in coastal downeast Maine. Got 65 acres just had 8 acres cleared my plan is to squeeze as many apple, peach, pear, high bush blueberry and raspberries as possible on it.
We just cleared the land and it was mostly spruce and cedar. lots of native blueberrie already were growing where i had it cleared.
Well now my question is this... can i just dig massive holes with a machine amend the soil and throw each plant into there own nicely amended hole? I am worried about the acidity of the soil.. the fact that spruce were thriving tell me its more acidic then normal.. will a properly amended hole be good enough to grow a healthly apple tree? or am i going to need to amend the whole area where i plan to plant the apple trees??\
I am worried that over time the acidic water will soak into the amended holes that i plan to dig inturn killing the apple tree or causing nutrient lock.
also how far should i be spreading the apple trees from each other on center??
I plan to buy a 100 trees to start.
any input suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. I am open to anything