Newly planted small orchard
Hi everyone. Total novice gardener so excuse my ignorance. I have a few questions about caring for my newly planted fruit trees. I planted 4 apple trees and a pear and a plum tree. Discover apple x2, Falstaf red apple x2, conference pear and Victoria plum. They were all from pots and two years old. I bought The Fruit tree handbook by Ben Pike and it is excellent. One thing about the book though is that Ben is not fond of spraying chemicals on the trees, which is fair enough. Im looking for advice on what sprays I should be using and when and how much I should spray. Also I have bought grease bands for my trees but do I need to use them on trees that are so young and have not fruited yet?
My pear tree has very upright branches and I'm considering tying them down. Is there anything special to tie around the branches so I don't damage them.