Plant trees in either spring or fall. Explains how to: choose disease resistant varieties, use permaculture techniques like guilding, prune branches and thin flowers, bag young fruit to protect from pests, and identify nutrient deficiencies.
The best time to prune apple trees is in late winter or very early spring before any new growth starts. The only growth you ever want to prune or remove during the summer months, when the tree is actively growing, is a sucker.
Apple Tree Fruiting – Why An Apple Tree Does Not Bear Fruit
Apple trees that you plant early next spring may start yielding fruit in three to four years. But they'll be giving joy almost immediately. Planting apple trees with your children can be especially rewarding.