Besides my paranoia of losing all the fruit to critters, I also fret over white powdery mildew and how to prune. When it comes to these espaliers, I am a complete spaz because I still don't completely understand how to care for these things now that I have spurs and whatnot.
These guys have already flowered and are now starting to form fruit but are a bit bushy.
This guy has a really, really long leader giraffe head that needed to be loped off because I neglected to do so during my winter prune.
I also have dreaded white powdery mildew. I cut out infected leaves that were this year's growth (trying to keep old growth) and will spray with a baking soda/vegie oil concoction tomorrow to minimize that (fungus doesn't like alkaline).
I thinned out some of the apples but could not bring myself to cut out as many as I probably should.
I removed some of the lower branch scaffolding that I originally used to shape and support the tree which was probably serving as a pretty handy rat ladder. I also need to revamp those metal sheaths around the trunk because I don't think they did da last year.
What I really need is a cat to prowl the premises at night. Short of that, anybody got some tips on pest control for urban growers?