My dwarf apple is in its second year in the garden (and about 4 years old overall). 7ft tall or so and has just finished blossoming. I haven't pruned it since it's been in th ground and also didn't pick any apples off it last year - because there were none (it blossomed during the wettest and coldest spring, without a bee in sight, and I think the birds got the couple that made it).
I've given it a good mulch in early spring and it's the picture of happiness right now. I can see loads of tiny burgeoning apples on it.
At what point ought I cover it with a bird net? which sort of net is best? And when can I take the net off again!
Thanks from a gardener very new to fruit trees!