Jamie and I planted our fruit trees almost two years ago, but we really didn't do much to protect them or care for them. I noticed that some animal has been gnawing at the base of the trees, so I'm going to have to wrap them in the fall.
Another thing that I should have done was mulched around the base of the trees to protect them from lawn mowers and weed-whackers. I started this project yesterday, and my goal is to do one tree a day.
I laid down some weed cloth around the base of each tree, over the grass. I only removed the grass that was right around the tree trunk, because I want to keep that part open and clear for the tree so it won't suffocate. Then I covered the weed cloth with the mulch.