We're buying a house that's on a half acre lot. We have a whole list of fruit trees that we'd like to plant, but I'm thinking we might need to cut back on the list quite a bit if we don't want our yard to be nothing but fruit trees. If I try to describe the layout, can someone give me some suggestions on how many trees might be practical?
If I had to guess, the lot is probably roughly 100' x 200'. Probably half of that is the back yard (so roughly 100' x 100') and the rest is house and front yard. I don't think there's room for any trees in the front, except maybe in a corner of the lawn between the house and the back yard fence (how big of a space does a fruit tree need, anyway?).
The back yard has a long gravel driveway leading back to the garden space...I suppose the width of it is maybe 15'. I think that any trees we would plant would either be along the back and side of the fence, or between the edge of the gravel driveway and the lawn. I'd rather have more lawn space than tons of fruit trees.
The trees we had on our list are 2 type of apples, a pear tree, maybe a peach or nectarine tree, and a cherry tree...so I guess 5 trees. I don't know if we can use dwarf trees at all as I've read that they don't do real well this far north (central Montana).
Oh, and we'd also like to have some berries, like raspberries, strawberries, and maybe blackberries. Strawberries can just grow in a garden, can't they? But don't raspberries and blackberries need trellises or something to support them? Maybe they'd do best along the back fence...which of course would take up more space!