I am new to this forum and relatively new to gardening!
My wife and I had moved into our new home at the beginning of the year, with quite a garden to it. So I thought I would leave it for the first year, to see what grows and where.
We have a nice mature apple tree in the garden, which pardon my ignorance, I would have thought would be very green leaved at this time and have a fair bit of fruit on it as we are enjoying a good period of hot weather. I noticed a couple of months ago the apples growing on the buds, but now the majority seem to have already fallen out of the tree and all seem to have some marks on them, and some of the leaves also have marks/holes in them. Is this normal? Will an apple tree tend to flower/fruit much later on in the year?
I didn't know if it had something to do with this plant which was growing round the bottom of the tree that was sucking away any moisture that should have been going to the roots?
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.