Fruit trees can be a beautiful and productive asset on any landscape; tenacious, sweet smelling blooms provide aesthetic appeal while also attracting pollinators and fruit can be harvested or left as wildlife forage. However, they can be susceptible to diseases which will compromise aesthetic value, growth and fruit production. Detection, identification, prevention and treatment are integral steps to preserving the health and value of your fruit trees. Discussed below are the most common diseases found on fruit trees, it is, by no means, an all-inclusive list, please have your arborist assess your property to accurately identify any diseases present and develop the proper treatment plan.
Time and again, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is mentioned in this blog. It is important to understand and utilize all the available options in order to get the most effective results in the most efficient manner, which is the core principle of IPM. There are cultural practices which can aid your landscape plants in resisting diseases such as pruning, fertilization, liming (for pH balancing), plant positioning, proper watering and mulching. Combining cultural methods with fungicides and/or bactericides, applied where and when necessary by a trained technician (this cannot be stressed enough, fungicides and bactericides are highly controlled and need to be applied responsibly) can provide all around prevention and control in an effective and environmentally accountable fashion. Make an appointment with your arborist, have them evaluate your fruit trees and establish an integrated plan customized for your landscape.