Asked October 31, 2020, 8:15 PM EDT
Lenawee County Michigan
We have a number of publications to help you. You can also find many reference books in your library, too.
A soil test will tell if any fertilizer or other amendments are needed. You will separately soil test for each area of the property, and each plant type you grow- vegetable garden, fruit trees, lawns. During Covid, the MSU Extension offices are closed( they sell soil test kits). Instead, you can follow directions at the soil lab, package the soil sample in your own clean baggie, box it up and mail it to the lab. Print the sample submission form, fill it out, and mail it with your payment and baggie of soil.
Fruit tree growing resources:
Here is a good resource on home fruit tree care, with a pruning section:
If you decide to hire an arborist, you can search for them by zip code here:
MSU District Fruit Educator, William Shane, has a number of articles here- https://williamshane.weebly.com/apple.html
General reference for growing at home- https://plantpathology.ca.uky.edu/files/mw_home_fruit_productn_b591.pdf
Pruning fruit trees:
Videos on pruning fruit trees from Extension:
For home apple grower sprays where you need to protect against insects, and diseases I recommend this short resource from the University of Kentucky https://plantpathology.ca.uky.edu/files/ppfs-fr-t-18.pdf
These have organic options for pest control, besides the ones mention within articles above:
If you need more specific information not found here, or need something clarified, please let me know.