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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wrong Time, Right Thing


On this last day of April, Rose questions have been coming in fast and furious. But first, a couple of tips a tad more imperative during this turning point of spring. Don’t worry. Tomorrow the ‘Corner’ will go from wordless Wednesday to a Rose post you won’t want to miss. 

So back to today’s topic - the wrong time, the right thing. Are your fruit trees already in bloom? Noticed some pests that you want to remove? Do not apply any insecticidal treatments while a fruit tree is in bloom. Any application for insects applied during bloom time can potentially kill or eradicate any pollinators. We all know the importance of pollination. 

During the wake-up and growth season of spring, it’s important to use common sense. But it (common sense) often gets forgotten when we notice a problem. If your fruit trees are on a regular spray program, all insecticidal treatments should be applied just before bloom and/or immediately after petal drop. For example, a very problematic pest, plum curculio, (which hits more than just a Plum) can cause great havoc to a crop by piercing the tissue of the newly formed fruit, causing deformity. That’s not good. 

So think roses for tomorrow because what’s a garden without a few roses or better yet, a rose garden. But let’s wrap up today’s post with some sound advice from Joshua Harris. “The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.” How true that statement is, even as it applies to our own gardens.

P.S. One last tip in the spring clean-up category unrelated to fruit trees. For your deciduous plant material, before it flushes out, make sure you prune out the dead or damaged wood.

Image of a Peach tree in bloom by Ann Bilowz© 

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