Advice on siting orchard?
This spring I plan to start planting some fruit trees in a new field and I was wondering if anyone had any tips.
Inspired by the recent post showing aerial views of someone's backyard, I've included the google maps picture of the field in question. I also crudely drew some topo lines to give an idea of the slope, but the elevation change isn't that great (maybe 15 feet total). In this pic, North is up. The field is about 350' on the long side and maybe 225' across.
I'm going to be planting apples (maybe 15 in the first year) and a handful of pears and a couple cherry trees. For various reasons. I'll probably add a few more over the years. Let's say I want a total of 30 trees when all is said and done, all on semi-dwarf stock.
Here are my questions:
-Does it matter which way I orient the rows with regard to North/South/East/West OR the slope of the hill?
-Is there any wisdom I should follow with # of trees per row. In other words, is there any difference between making 5 rows of 6 trees each vs. 3 rows of 10 trees each?
Any other advice? Anyone decide on an orchard layout that they later wished they had somehow done differently?
Thanks for any advice/tips!