Espalier - Belgian or Losange Fence?
Several years ago, I planted 7 apple trees and 3 pear trees along my back fence (southern facing). I am training them in a 3 tier cordon style espalier. It is working fairly well although we have still yet to see any fruit!
I am planning on expanding my vegetable garden into the front yard as I am running out of room in the back yard. As part of that, I would like to maintain a reasonable looking front yard out of respect for my neighbors. I am thinking about boxing off the front yard with either a belgian or lasange fence out of apple trees.
So my question is: what are the pros/cons of the belgian style verses the losange style fence? I am leaning towards the losange style since it will by design decrease the visibility into the yard, but I can't find any good information on pros/cons. I hope to only have temporary support up while the trees are training, but can it be free standing once established? Again, the tighter losange style would appear to be stronger long term (more cross support).
On a related note, any suggestions for dressing up the base of the trees / mulch bed? While my garlic and other companions in the back yard are nice, it isn't exactly "pretty". :)