Fruit Tree Care

Fall Dormant: After the leaves drop in the fall.

This is the best time to prune and fertilize with ferti•lome® Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food.
Spray with ferti•lome® Horticultural Oil or Hi-Yield® Dormant Oil, thoroughly coating all the branches and trunk.
On Peaches, spray with Natural Guard® brand by ferti•lome® Copper Soap to prevent Peach Leaf Curl.

Spring Dormant: Before the buds crack and you can see color in them.

If you didn’t fertilize in the fall, fertilize now with ferti•lome® Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food. If you didn’t spray your dormant spray in the fall, do so now with ferti•lome® Horticultural Oil or Hi-Yield® Dormant Oil.
If you had Peach Leaf Curl last year, make a second application of Natural Guard® brand by ferti•lome® Copper Soap.
Just prior to bud break, make an application of ferti•lome® Fruit Tree Spray.

Bud Break: When you see color in the bud, up to full bloom.

The ONLY thing you spray now is ferti•lome® Fire Blight Spray or  Natural Guard® brand
by ferti•lome® Copper Soap for Fire Blight.  Spray, repeat in 3 to 4 days and every 7 days until blossoms drop.  Mostly Apple and Pear.

Petal Drop: When at least 75% - 85% of the blossoms have dropped.

Make at least 3 applications 7 to 14 days apart with ferti•lome® Fruit Tree Spray (7 days apart during wet weather, 14 days apart when hot and dry.) This is an insecticide, fungicide and miticide.

Bacterial or Fungal Issues: Usually in cool wet springs/summers.

Spray with Natural Guard® brand by ferti•lome® Copper Soap per the label, always make at least 2 applications. Apply ferti•lome® F-Stop either alone or alternate with Natural Guard® brand by ferti•lome® Copper Soap when fungus is a concern.

Insects: Later in the season, after at least 3 applications of ferti•lome® Fruit Tree Spray.

For worms and caterpillars including codling moth, apply Natural Guard® brand by ferti•lome® Spinosad, repeating in 10 - 14 days. For soft-bodied insects, including aphids, apply Natural Guard® brand by ferti•lome® Insecticidal Soap. Spray early in the morning, late in the evening or on a cloudy day to avoid burning. For a hard-chemistry, broad spectrum insecticide, apply Hi-Yield® Garden & Farm Insect Control Spray.

Fertilizer: Early spring or late fall or after storm damage to help recovery.

Use ferti•lome® Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food.  One application per year is sufficient, don’t over apply. Use Hi-Yield® Zinc Sulfate on Pecans to help prevent and control Rosette.

Injury:

On fruit trees prune out damaged area and apply ferti•lome® Pruning Seal or ferti•lome® Pruning Paint. This helps to keep insects out and helps prevent rot on soft wood.  Also fertilize for recovery.

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