How to be proactive with my new peach trees
This is my first post here. Just started my first garden last year. It was so much fun I decided to try fruit trees. Bought 2 dwarf peach trees and planted them in October.
So far (fingers crossed) so good. They had lots of flowers this spring and lots of new growth. I've read a lot about peach trees and, frankly, I'm a bit confused. There is so much info out there and some of it seems to be a bit contradictory.
One thing that was constant in all my reading was that it's important to prune and shape the trees so they grow "out" instead of "up" and have an open middle.
I didn't prune before new growth appeared as some recommended because I was worried about pruning so soon after planting.
This spring the trees have looked real good so once the flowers disappeared I did some pruning. That actually went well and the branches that were left just took off. I even have two peaches which, from what I've read, is unusual in first year.
I'm happy with the great results so far but I want to make sure I am proactive in taking care of them so they don't get diseased or infested with bugs or other "bad" things.
Some of the materials I've read mentioned putting some kind of "sleeve" around the trunk of the tree. Some mentioned "painting" the trunk with some kind of compound. Some mentioned regular spraying.
I'd rather not spray any chemicals on the trees if I can avoid it. What can I do to ensure that the trees continue to be healthy and grow?
Should I prune more later this summer? How often should I water? How much should I water?
So many questions! : )
Thanks in advance for any feedback.