Last year, we got a months worth of rain within 6 hours, on top of that, we already were above the monthly rainfall by that point. My trees were young, the apple was in its second season, while the pear was planted a few weeks before that.
IT wasnt a cool wet spring, but it seems that week of gloomy weather caused some fungus to bloom on my apple and pear. The pear didnt grow too much (its root system was a bit too small) and it had patchy black leaves most of the year.
The apple did the same, but not as bad. It produced 3 apples, which stayed small, and ended up with some brown spots on them (again, bacteria or fungus ? ). It grew quite well dispite....
Anyways, it seems that this year is about the same, maybe not to the extreme of last year. Nothing has leafed out or flowerd, and the pear was trying to pop flower buds, but nothing is really growing.
Am I going to have to watch out for the same thing as last year? SHould I even worry if they arent leafed out?
I try not to use any harsh chemicals at all, but if there is a bit of fungus, I really dont have much of a choice. Would horticultural oil work? Ive read Neem of all sorts works well but have never used it for fungus.