A generous helping of bark chipping has also been applied within the tree guards to stop grass weeds from competing for moisture and nutrients
I guess in reality once the trees are planted the hard work will begin. There will be annual pruning to encourage the trees to grow upwards and out from the top of the guards. This pruning won't start for another 12 months or so which will allow a little bit of time to read up on the subject and maybe even get some training! For the time being though we can assess the trees development through their first year and look forward to some tasty eating and cooking apples in the years ahead!