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Time to Clean Your Fruit Orchards

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on September 19, 2012

With the end of fruit season, it is time to clean your fruit orchards.  Remove any debris or fallen fruit from your orchard.  Pick and discard fruit left on the trees.  These steps remove places that pests and diseases overwinter and reduce your problems for next year.  Stop all pruning until the normal winter pruning to avoid stimulating tender new growth that will freeze this winter.

Fruit trees that are still carrying a crop, such as persimmons, should be watered enough to keep the soil beneath the tree damp.  This is also true of pecans that are nearing harvest time.

Webworms can be a problem some years.  Break open the webs as much as you can to allow wasps and other predators to eat the caterpillars.  This is important because the trees still need their foliage to produce a good crop or to store energy to get through the winter.

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Vincent October 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

I myself run a flower shop, i can’t stress enough how important to keep plants clean to keep pests away. It really takes a lot of effort to maintain plants and trees but if you can put the effort the rewards are well worth it.

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