You have been looking at that very large, old, unkept fruit tree in your yard for some time now wondering what you are going to do with it. You are faced with a difficult decision. Do I save this old tree and try to bring the vigor back to it or do I remove it and start over with a new tree. Let me help you analyze the situation so you can make a more informed decision.
Many of us love the idea of harvesting our own tree-ripened fruit. What a pleasure it is biting into an apple that is crisp and sweet, or picking handfuls of ripe cherries to gorge on, or eating a fresh peach that is so juicy that you need to be outside to keep from making a mess. These are fine images but they don’t tell the whole story of home grown fruit.
Spring frost, herbicide drift, water or nutrient stress, diseases, and insect and mite pests can cause similar symptoms of stunting or distorted growth in grapevines. Recognizing the symptoms and distinguishing their causes is the first step in diagnosing problems and developing a management plan....
By Linda Brewer, Steve Castagnoli, Rick Hilton, Clive Kaiser, Steve Renquist, Patricia Skinkis, Vaughn Walton
This publication recommends management practices for controlling diseases and insects in home orchards. This pest management guide is for the home gardener. It doesn't meet the exacting requirements of the commercial fruit grower.