I'm hoping for some advice please.
I planted 2 apple and 1 pear tree in a line 7 years ago (I can't remember the varierty but they were common). My grandfather was a keen gardener (since passed away) advised me to pinch out the blossom for the first 3-4 yrs after planting to encourage their roots to grow which I did.
After that I pruned and tied them in so that the branches were horizontal into an espalier. Over the last couple of years I have tried pruning them back to a couple of buds as per the books at the end of summer one year, whilst dormant at the end of winter one year and this year I have pruned as and when to keep new growth back to a couple of buds.
I have introduced plenty of well rotted horse manure in case the soil was poor but so far in 7yrs I have had one pear and one marble sized apple last year and nothing this year. I have no idea what else left to try.
I'd love to have my own apples and pears, can you help please?