Growing Apples - Insect and Disease Problems
I don't know about you, but I much prefer to put as little chemicals on my
fruits and vegetables as possible. When it comes to apples, insecticides
and fungicides are pretty much, a must. Either you spray the trees, or your
apples will be enjoyed by a wide variety of insects. Either you spray your
trees, or any one of a number of diseases will affect the quality, and health,
of your crop. Get the picture!? We wish we could say different, but we recommend
you spray your apple trees.
A regular program of spraying apple and other fruit trees, begins in late
winter or early spring a with an application of Dormant Oil spray. This kills
insects that overwinter in your trees. It continues on a regular basis throughout
the summer, with applications of fruit tree sprays for insects and disease.
Without regular applications, your apple crop will likely be damaged or destroyed
by scab and/or other disease, as well as insects such as worms and aphids.
With regular applications, you will have plenty of beautiful, tasty apples
that you grew yourself.
Safety first: For a safe and effective application for fruit tree
sprays, make sure to:
Follow the instructions on the label for the insecticide you use.
Don't over-apply the spray. It won't increase effectiveness ,and can only
be harmful to you and the environment.
Wear protective clothing at all times. This includes a mask so you don't
inhale the spray.
Wash all clothing and tools after use.
Wait the minimum days required (see instruction label) after spraying before
Wash apples thoroughly before eating them.
.ps: Don't forget to shine them by rubbing them with a towel. It gives
an attractive appearance when displayed in a fruit bowl on the table.
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