by JoAnne Skelly

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April 24, 2013
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Spring time to manage fruit tree pests

Pest management is an important aspect of raising fruit trees. An integrated pest management approach combines an assortment of tactics that cause as little disruption to the environment as possible while managing pests effectively. To use IPM for fruit tree care, consider timing. Use horticultural oils to control aphids, scale and other slow-moving pests while trees are at the dormant, delayed dormant or ¼-inch green tip stage. Right now, the buds on most fruit trees are swollen (delayed dormant stage). The ¼-inch green-tip stage occurs when the spring leaves start to emerge. Oils smother and suffocate overwintering insects and eggs …

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