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HELLO ALL. I HAVE SEVERAL FRUIT TREES AND WAS JUST LOOKING FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO KEEP BUGS, WORMS, AND OTHER PEST OFF OF THEM (WITHOUT USING TO MANY CHEMICALS). SO I CAN HAVE A GOOD HARVEST. THANKS IN ADVANCE.
Hi, with our current buggy environment with bugs from other countries arriving by ship and airplanes it is really difficult to abstain from chemicals if you want a crop. The main thing is to make the soil under te tree healthy with compost in planting and feeding it as it grows up to the drip line. L lost last years fugi apples due to thrips that overwinter in the soil and come up to eat the tender new growth. The local master gardeners advised using overwintering oil and sevin on the trunk and especially on any cracks or raised bark in the trunks and clear out to the drip line. Diazanon has been discontinued but if old timers give you some use it before any bblossoms appear to not kill your needed bees. They are having a difficult die off from pesticideds and possibly cell phones ?? Also be prepared to fight powdery fungus after apples form. Check your county Govt Ag dept and for master gardeners. Are there any Organic Orchardists in your area? The Old Survivalist
Look into using food grade Diatomaceous Earth before your flower buds break open (since I suspect it would harm bees). The stuff works great to keep insects of all kinds out of my house and off my tomatoes and potatoes. It won't harm you or your chickens or pets, but it's like walking on razor blades to insects.
I don't have any bug problems on my apple, peach, plum or nectarine trees, but the Gambrel Quail here in Arizona are two-legged goats so I have to use a lot of bird netting to keep them out of my trees and gardens.
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I South Korea they take the time to bag each fruit in a paper bag just after the blossoms fall off. I don't know if the bags are treated or not but it sure keeps birds and eating insects away from the fruits.
Many things like Diatomaceous Earth may not be so good for earth worms and other good bugs of the Earth once it washes off after a good rain. Hot Pepper or chewing tobacco juice may work well for a spray as well as some soaps. Painting trunks with an oil or warping with an oil laced clothe may work as well.
The South Koreans wrap many a tree with rice straw during the insect crawling period then burn the straw to kill the insects and nourish the soil. Just some thoughts. F.G.
Encourage bats and other natural predators. Clean the floor of the orchard. Rotting fruit is a breading ground for the insects you're trying to get rid of. Keep the trees healthy by proper pruning. Plant compatible plants that will help each other. An example would be a nitrogen fixing legume around the fruit tree.
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To keep bugs off of my fruit trees, I plant garlic around the base of my stone fruit trees (peaches, nectarines apricots, plums, etc) and chives around the base of my apple trees. The substances exuded by the roots of the alliums (members of the onion family) keep a lot of the disease-bearing insects away.
Completely natural, no toxic chemicals, AND you can harvest the chives and garlic!
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