Planting dwarf fruit trees for the first time. Looking for some help to ensure the best chance of success. We live in a climate that is great for apple and pear trees. But we have no experience doing this, so it's really ours to make or break!
From the local nursery we bought -
One Pyrus Dwarf Pear D'Anjou
Two Malus Dwarf Apple Red Delicious
Hoping these three planted in a row, maybe 5 - 10 feet apart, will cross-pollinate each other. We bought them a couple weeks ago. The trees are currently still in their pots, and about a year old already, maybe 4 - 5 feet tall. We plan on planting them this weekend. We have deer in our yard, and we have heard they love the pear trees. We have an area where they will get direct sunlight. Looking for tips or guidelines to help us along the journey.
Will these species work for cross-pollination?
Should we get another species of apple (instead of two of the same)?
Is planting in a row recommended?
Should the pear tree be in the middle?
How can we deter deer from nibbling the pear tree?
Any suggestions on helping us start out and make sure they stay healthy?
Have googled the basics, but would love to get additional specific input. All thoughts are much appreciated, no suggestion too big or too small!