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Brown rot
Brown rot

Brown rot is one of the most destructive fungal diseases of stone fruit trees, but can be kept under control with good hygiene practices. In late summer it’s very important to make sure there is no fruit left in your peach or nectarine trees a [...]

Brown rot management plan
Brown rot management plan

Brown rot is one of the most common diseases of stone fruit, particularly in climates that have a high rainfall, or in wet seasons. Knowing the conditions that favour disease outbreaks, what it looks like and your main treatment options will h [...]

Develop a management plan for blossom blight – activity
Develop a management plan for blossom blight – activity

This activity guides you to build a picture of blossom blight conditions at your place, and develop a plan to prevent it. Find the activity in Spring - Week 2.

Different types of organic fungicides
Different types of organic fungicides

While we limit the use of fungicides as much as possible, spraying organic fungicides in spring can make the difference between getting fruit or not getting fruit. Read article in: Winter Week 9

Exploring Black spot (Apple scab) – activity
Exploring Black spot (Apple scab) – activity

Create your personalised Black spot (Apple scab) management plan. Find activity in Autumn - Week 1

Five steps to organic pest & disease control
Five steps to organic pest & disease control

Healthy trees are less prone to attacks by pests and diseases, and prevention is usually easier (and often more effective) than the cure! Read the article in Summer - Week 9

Gummosis
Gummosis

Gummosis is more of a symptom than a disease, but can give some useful clues as to what’s going on in your fruit trees. It may indicate your tree has a fungal disease, a bacterial disease, a root fungus or has suffered physical or environmenta [...]

Home spray units
Home spray units

Even in an organic garden or orchard, sometimes you need to spray, for both pests and diseases, and also for applying products like compost tea. Having the right equipment for the job not only keeps you safer, but makes the job both more effic [...]

Leaf curl
Leaf curl

Leaf curl is yet another fungal disease that attacks fruit trees, and one of the most annoying. Luckily, it only attacks peaches and nectarines, and is (mostly) preventable - as long as you notice when the buds  start swelling, and get the spr [...]

Leaf virus diseases
Leaf virus diseases

There are many different virus diseases of stone fruit and pome fruit (apple and pear) trees. They can affect fruit (size, shape and quality), but what you’re more likely to notice is the symptoms on the leaves, especially colour patterns and [...]

Learn how to monitor your fruit trees – activity
Learn how to monitor your fruit trees – activity

Monitoring your fruit trees regularly is one of your best tools in the fight against pests and diseases, as it helps you respond quickly before a problem has got out of control. Weekly visits throughout spring, summer and autumn help you get [...]

Managing Bacterial Spot – activity
Managing Bacterial Spot – activity

Learn how to identify Bacterial Spot and write a prevention and management plan that includes monitoring, pruning, and planning. Find the activity in Autumn - Week 11.

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