What’s an orchardist to do? It’s been a lean year for pears, not helped at all by the pointy beaks of the local wildlife.
A quick guide to spotting an unwanted lodger in that ripe, perfect-looking piece of fruit, *before* you bite into it…
I’m seeing a lot of fruit-damage this year, both the classic damage caused by of codling moth larvae and beak-wounds from feathery foes.
Another dose of apple canker, this time on a cordon tree and with an even more drastic remedy required.
Pruning apple at this point in the season isn’t usually advised, but sometimes you have to cut to control a problem.
Spring 2021 has brought blossom, but also pest and physiological problems in Ordsall Hall’s heritage pear trees
Sometimes a drastic tree health problem like apple canker requires a fairly drastic pruning remedy.
There are a few of the usual problems to keep an eye on in the orchard this year.
Just when I thought the 2019 aphid night mare might have ended…