I am sure that overall this must be a positive thing in your life- better schools, newer/better house, etc. but it must be VERY hard for you to leave all your fruit projects behind. I’m sorry for that part of it but I certainly wish you well on this big life change. You’ve always been one of the good, helpful people here. Even if you have to settle for a smaller yard, there is something to be said for starting all over with your plantings. You’ll undoubtedly have a better idea of what you want to plant, what order to put them in, etc. Also, know this. I have had several real estate agents tell me that having multiple fruit trees substantially increases the resale value of the home. Even people who know nothing about growing fruit and who in reality probably will end up not putting in the work required to keep them producing, they still love the IDEA of having fresh fruit in their yard and so it adds considerable resell value. It is 100% true here and I suspect most everywhere.
But your move really brings up a VERY interesting point that I’ve thought about myself. I’ve put so much time, work, money, etc into my orchard that it has already had a serious impact on my own thoughts about possibly selling my house and moving, and I wonder if others here feel the same. I wouldn’t be surprised if live in this house for the rest of my life- or at least longer than I otherwise would have- just because of my investment of time and money and my love of my orchard and how far along it is. I’ve even considered having a surveyor come and subdivide my property into two lots so I can separate my orchard and sell the house and keep the fruit trees- but the layout would make it very hard to do that. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that -at least for me- orchards are of such importance that they can affect big decisions like whether to sell a house, move, etc. I wonder if that is true for others- sounds like it was important to you but you overcame it (or maybe your wife overcame it for you! ha)