Approaching Neighbor about Fireblight
Thanks to everyone who helped me with solving my neighbor's apple fireblight problem. After a little chatting with people around the block, I found out that nearby backyard apple trees have been dying off for a number of years now. Even the nurseryman from south OC who sells trees at the Orange farmer's market said he got hit with it last year and had never seen it before then. He told me to knock off any browning flowers I found right away but I think I will just remove all developing flowers this year since trees a few houses away are sick.
My neighbor who has a greatly reduced tree now is wondering if we should approach the man next door with the very sick tree. We peeked over the wall again and saw that he just planted another new apple right next to it that looks great. Should we print out some info and leave it on the porch so he can possibly save his new tree? he doesn't like my neighbor at all because of her bird ( she brings it outside for fresh air and it squaks at dusk ) I can hear it from my house 5 houses away so I can sympathize. He's kind of grouchy and I don't want to knock on the door. What should we do if anything.