trouble getting trees established
I am in sw Michigan. Three years ago I planted a couple apple trees and a peach tree that I bought at local stores. They got chomped down on during the winter by the deer, but new branches grew up from the bottom so I decided to leave them to see if they would keep growing. Each summer the leaves turn brown and fall off. I haven't had any blossoms yet. One of the apple trees died and when I dug it out the ground was filled with ants there. Not sure what that was about.
I know you are supposed to spray the trees a few times a year but I don't know when or what to spray with. I sprayed a few times with Neem oil when the leaves started to turn brown but it didn't seem to help.
I welcome your suggestions to improve these trees for next year! I did plant a new apple tree last summer that did seem to stay alive so that should be in good shape come spring.