CORVALLIS - Do your apples rot and drop from the tree before maturing? Do your peach blossoms turn brown and ooze goo? Does your pear tree look diseased? Coaxing backyard fruit trees into producing good fruit can be a bewildering task for the uninformed home gardener. "To effectively control diseases and insects in your home orchard, you may need to combine a number of techniques," said Jay Pscheidt, plant pathologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. "Although pesticides can be used, there are a number of cultural and biological practices which can help keep fruit and nut trees producing and healthy."
The OSU Extension Service's publication, "Controlling Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards," is written especially for the home gardener. The circular includes cultural, biological and chemical approaches to controlling diseases and insects on apples, pears, cherries, prunes, plus, hazelnuts, walnuts, peaches, nectarines and apricots. Safety tips are given for applying pesticides.
For more information on Controlling Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards, EC 631, visit our on-line catalog. Our publications and video catalog at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog shows which publications are available on the Web and which can be ordered as printed publications.