In Part 1 of Organic Fruit Tree Care we discussed some organic ways to keep your fruit tree free of disease and pests.

Part 2 will give you some ideas of what to do if your fruit tree does become susceptible to disease and pests. Remember that a certified tree care specialist can guide you through this process and identify the best plan to aid your fruit tree.

Fight the Bad Bugs with Good Bugs

Fruit trees can be attacked by the coddling moth larvae, which enjoys boring into the fruit core and setting-up shop. Mother Nature, fine lady that she is, has orchestrated a delicious bit of balance on the planet amongst all creatures.

A certified arborist can help release certain insects that enjoy the coddling moth as an appetizer. Other fruit tree predators include aphids, and there are of course beneficial bugs (like the ladybug, lacewing, or wasp) that can be introduced to gobble up the aphids.



The Fungus Among Us Can Be Treated

Occasionally fruit trees can pick up a fungus that tends to affect the leaves. The fungus ultimately inhibits photosynthesis and thus the growth and health of the tree.

An example is fruit tree crinkle leaf disease, which causes the leaf to curl and deform.

There are several organic fungicides made from copper sulfate or lime that can be sprayed on the fruit tree to help stop the spread of the fungus.

Even though it may seem like the deck is stacked against your ornamental fruit tree with all of these pests and fungi, there are numerous methods than can be used help fortify your tree. So, give your local arborist a call and make sure your fruit tree has the best organic care possible.


– Justin Rickard contributes articles on tree spraying and organic tree care.  He is based in Denver, CO.