During 2018, the leaf mulches helped a lot. They keep the soil more moist, prevent most weeks from growing, cool the soil, and add to humus and nutrients. Last year's mulch is almost completely degraded, so needs replacing.
I already mulched around many of the fruit trees. This time, I cleaned up the blackberry bed and mulched that.
That left Prime Ark Freedom, Ebony King, and two one-year-old Arapaho. I'm not that impressed with Arapaho, but giving them another chance. I did move one out of the main blackberry bed, and replaced that with a Prime Ark Freedom that was crowding the other two of that variety. I also pruned them to about 6 feet tall, pruned out all of this year's floricanes (canes that already bore fruit and are dying off), and pulled the few weeds that are present.
Then I mulched with about 9 inches of loose maple and sweet gum leaves. Those will flatten to a couple of inches, over the winter. I repaired the trellises, and that's about all. Now they are ready for winter and for next year.