The best laid plans of orchardists gang aft aglay when apple tree diseases get involved, including my latest grafting experiment.
Category: Orchard P&D
William B. Page, on C19th Apple Tree Pest Control
The whole race of apple-trees is threatened with extirpation? Quick, to the chemicals cupboard!
More Pest Problems: Pigeon-Pecked Pears
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.
How To: Check For a Maggot in Your Apple
A quick guide to spotting an unwanted lodger in that ripe, perfect-looking piece of fruit, *before* you bite into it…
Mother-loving Moths and Bastard Bloody Pigeons
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.
More Canker! This Time on a Cordon Apple Tree
Another dose of apple canker, this time on a cordon tree and with an even more drastic remedy required.
Emergency Late Apple Pruning for Canker Control
Pruning apple at this point in the season isn’t usually advised, but sometimes you have to cut to control a problem.
Dealing With Pear Midge Problems the Organic Way
Spring 2021 has brought blossom, but also pest and physiological problems in Ordsall Hall’s heritage pear trees
Winter Pruning to Control Apple Canker
Sometimes a drastic tree health problem like apple canker requires a fairly drastic pruning remedy.
Orchard Pest & Disease Watch, 2020 Edition
There are a few of the usual problems to keep an eye on in the orchard this year.