We are trying to find out what to use for worms on our apple tree.we moved in 4 years ago, the first year the tree was full of apples. Now after 4 years we get big apples but they are full of worms. We where told to try spraying with dish soap, we have 2 dogs and a cat, so we want the safest way. Please let us know. We want to be able to enjoy our apples. Thank you
i would like to be informed about the way how to take care of my apple trees and how to prevent them from any expected danger, knowing that my trees are in a mountain area.
Thank you so much for your advice! I never thought of taking some of the leaves to my local Ag Ext office for evaluation, and I never thought about cleaning up the dead leaves instead of letting them mulch naturally. I appreciate the info!
Congratulations on your trees! I envy you as I live too far south for apples. Take the leaves of your tree to your local nursery and have them verify what the problem is (in a sealed bag like a zippered sandwich bag is best so you don't spread it if is a disease or insect). If they don't know, your county agricultural extension office is a good source. Once you know the problem you will have a better chance of figuring out a cure. At the same time have the soil in the area you tree grows in checked (ph, etc) so that you can treat it also. A tree growing in healthy soil fights/survives diseases and bugs easier. There are a lot of sources on care for your trees both locally and on the web. Again your local extension office is a good source. I personally swear by Rhodales books on natural care of plants. I also hang out at the library and read/buy gardening stuff applicable at Barnes & Nobles (they let you browse books, even provide chairs at my local store). I'm sorry this advice is so general, but not knowing what the problem is exactly limits advice.
In the mean time, when you loose the leaves this fall from these trees, clean them up and destroy them. You do not want to mulch them, this may not destroy what ever infestation you have.
You could try this:
Look at 'Garrett Juice Concentrate' here as well as a substitute for horticultural oil.
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