Replace conifers with fruit trees?
We have two conifers (about 20 ft tall) that we'd like to cut down and plant 2 or 3 fruit trees instead (maybe apple, plum, cherry). Problem is we can't get any heavy machinery to that part of the garden as it's accessed by steps.
I've never tried to remove a tree (roots and all) before. Any idea what I'm letting myself in for?
Also, if I'm planting a fruit tree where a conifer used to be, do I have to do anything particular to prepare the soil? Is it even a good idea to do this?