When we purchased our house the previous owner already had a peach tree in the back yard, so we decided to plant a few apple varieties and a pear tree. The peach tree bloomed very well and fruit started to grow. In the past few weeks I noticed this peach tree started to develop perforations in the leaves and then it started shedding leaves. Now the fruit took a toll and is getting attached by something. I thought it was caterpillars at first but it appears to be the ants? We tried an organic insect control on the tree as well as the new ones in hopes to protect them. (Organocide from lowes) Either we were too late or it didn't help much. I realize this load is ruined for this year, but how can we prevent this from happening next year?
On a side note, our apple trees developed a browning of the leaves and don't look entirely healthy. This is about 2-3 weeks after planting in the ground, is this just shock because of the planting in a new environment? We water as directed and don't let them dry out.