200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, May 3, 2010
What a Hot Spring Weekend Does to an Apple Tree
I'm researching what to do about plum curculio and scab, two things that infested/happened to my apples last year. I found out about horticultural oil and copper too late for this year, since they're supposed to be sprayed while the tree is dormant.
Other folks have recommended the insecticide Imidan, which I've just found out is only sold to professionals. That may not be a bad thing, because once I go the insecticide route, it precludes being organic, and it can't be un-done after it's done (like most things in life, I guess).
What's recommended for organic folk is kaolin clay. It has a name (Surround), but is really kitty litter ground up fine. Same stuff. It has to be sprayed on multiple times, and folks say it's difficult. Cloggy.
I may give it a shot, but I'm not going to go all out for perfect apples. Instead, I'll go for incremental improvement over last year and focus more on incorporating the chickens and new goats into the household this year.