However, we learned in WMMGA that we can widen the crotch angles and improve the structure (or scaffold) of the trees. The time to do this is in April, and it takes about 5-6 weeks to accomplish. So, I purchased some Gorilla Glue, gathered some rocks from the back yard, and made some weights to use on the trees. Only 2 of the 6 fruit trees seemed to need some help: the plum tree and one of the pear trees.
I noticed that there is a lot of damage on the plum tree. The base of the trunk has been gnawed at by either mice or voles, and the trunk and lower branches have cracked, rubbed bark. I don't know if it's been caused by deer or the sun, but I will make sure to wrap my baby trees in November to protect them from winter injury and pests.