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apple tree help?

We have inherited a couple of small apple trees in our new garden, cox and russet I think.
All was going well, they bloomed, bees came and did their thing, the flowers died off and tiny rounds were forming at the base of each flower.
I went to check on the progress of our tiny fruits after not looking at them for 3-4 days and all of the leaves have shrivelled up and mostly fell off and all of the tiny forming fruits have fallen off too! 😨😨😨😨

Both have what I'd say is quite a bit of lichen on them but seemed reasonably healthy.

Should I have been watering and feeding them?  I think I just assumed they were a tree in the garden and they would get by like all of the others.

We have rather sandy ( Suffolk coastal ) soil and a very busy mole ( could he have damaged the roots? )

I was so looking forward to our own apples this year 😭

Any ideas, advice?
Rena

I had this happen a few years back, at our last place. As it turns out (for us), it was a simple matter of watering more. I would add, it probably wouldn't hurt to fertilize this year and then water like crazy. Just don't leave standing in water. (I was soooo sad when I watched the fruit fall of bit by bit...). The other thing I found out was that if I didn't water enough, aphids came in full armies causing much damage in the form of curling and loss of leaves.
bodger

The lichens on the tree are not the problem, its actually a sign of your good air quality.
Our holding is not an organic one, so I spray weed killer in a square around each and everyone of our fruit trees. Fruit trees do not enjoy competition from other plant life such as grass. With just a few trees you could control this competition either by weeding around them or by using a mulch.
If you've had a dry period of weather, then watering might have helped and you should also consider applying blood meal around them this autumn.

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