Steve Dodrill

Berries and Fruit

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Fruit tree pest management

Homeowners often consider pest management the most difficult part of raising fruit. Most people either lack the knowledge to identify and control insect pests and diseases, or they dread having to spray chemicals to protect their crops. However, sustainable gardening involves minimal inputs of water, fertilizer, pesticides and labor. Raising fruit crops with fewer inputs is possible when your knowledge level of subject material is high.

Steve Renquist | May 2015 | Article

Hood River Area Home Fruit Tree Pest Management

Information on fruit tree pest management for the Hood River area. This guide includes pesticides currently registered for home use that have a reasonable chance of controlling the apple pests listed if applied at appropriate times with adequate frequency, and sufficient coverage.

May 2017 | Fact Sheet

How much does it cost to grow and raise a fruit tree?

What a pleasure it is biting into a crisp, sweet apple you grew yourself! But when you start adding up the labor and expenses involved in growing your own fruit, the prospect becomes less appetizing. Take a realistic look at all that it takes to grow just two apple trees in your backyard.

Steve Renquist | Jun 2006 | Article