I've been mulching my baby fruit trees this morning. They all survived the winter just fine, though one did get chewed down a little. (Damn Bunny!) I'll have to make sure I actually get around to caging them in this fall to avoid any more damage.
The cherry tree that came in the orchard pack we ordered last spring from Burgess never did grow at all, though I was very happy with all the rest of what we ordered. Plus, they have a guarantee, so my new cherry tree to replace it is on the way sometime this week or next.
Back here in the Orchard/Berry section we've planted, dwarf versions all, three apple trees (red delicious, yellow delicious, and fuji), sand cherries, necterine, peach, pear, plum, black tartan cherry, blackberries, raspberries, and elderberries.
I'm hoping to add some more of the sand cherries. I don't know if they'll taste very good, but they're really pretty, and if it turns out we don't like eating them, I'm the chickens would want them, or the wild birds would be attracted to them. I'm really hoping they're as good to eat as the catalog claimed.
We're going to be planting almonds, butternuts, and pawpaw trees this spring as well. Those will be going at the other side of the yard, since they'd grow so much taller than the dwarf fruit trees, and we don't want to shade those out.
I'm glad to be getting these mulched! It looks so nice, but it also keeps the trees healthier, holding more moisture against the roots, and keeping down the grass and weeds that would compete with the growing trees.