Apple Trees....

gjmanciniJune 17, 2011

This is my second attempt at apple trees. Last year I planted two Gala's, both died, hubby got to close with the weed wacker. Now I just planted a Fuji and about 50 feet away I planted a Red Delisous. I staked them beautfully and watered thoroughly. What can I do to keep these guys healthy. The red delisous is showing some yellow leaves with rust colored circles. (maybe rust)Im trying to keep everything as organic as possible. What makes an apple tree happy?

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Dan Staley

What makes an apple tree happy?

A fall dormant spray, a late winter re-spray, cleaning up all litter, getting rusts and other fungi early and not letting them go. Paying close attention and actively monitoring for aphids, scale, and many other such critters across their life cycles. Regular proper pruning.

Organic is a hard way to go, but can be done. Apply fert and you attract even more critters.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 9:02PM
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cnetter(z5 Co)

Get some of that corrugated flexible drain pipe about a foot long for each tree, slice it up one side, open it up and place it around the base of the tree until hubby has learned not to get too close with the weed wacker.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 10:46PM
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dsieber(z5 (Lakewood CO))

Agree with cnetter and it keeps the wabbits a bay. During the winter they love to chew the bark.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 6:42PM
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jclepine(8b)

Hmm, when I was considering an apple tree I did a little research and it CAN be done as Dan says. You have to spray following a schedule but you can spray and still follow an organic method.

I was trying to nurse a neglected Lilac of the neighbor's but the dogs kept breaking it off. I put a tomato cage around it and it just keeps doubling in size! You've got to put something around the base as stated above or it will wind up broken.

Good luck!

J.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 10:33PM
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