Planting Apple trees, need advice...
I've ordered three apple trees for planting in Spring 2014. I've never grown a hard fruit tree before (just a mulberry bush/tree and a walnut tree) and realize that there may be special procedures to follow when planting them.
Would anybody like to share advice for novice fruit tree growers about planting/mulching, tending/caring, and pruning the trees?
Info about the trees:
Northern Spy, MM106 Rootstock, 1 year old, 4m mature height
Golden Russet, Bud. 118 Rootstock, 1 year old, 6m mature height
Rhode Island Greening, G. 16 rootstock, 1 year old, 2.5m mature height.
Regarding the various height and space requirements: I'm very positive these spots are where I'd like to place the trees (North west side, North Side, and South side of my property, not shaded by the house). They get relatively long hours of sunlight and will have plenty of space in these spots. Does the location matter (in relation to hills/valleys, streets, etc)?
What type of apple trees do you grow and for how long have you been growing them? What was your biggest success, and mistake?