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Fruit tree borer
Fruit tree borer

Fruit tree borer can kill whole trees, or sometimes just limbs, and are often found to be the culprit behind a mysterious dead limb, with a mass of frass (brown, sawdust-like stuff) on it. Read the article in Winter - Week 8

Grasshoppers
Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers and locusts are members of the insect order Orthoptera, and have chewing mouth parts and strong hind legs for jumping. They can be a pest of young fruit trees, and can damage so many leaves by chewing them that the tree stops phot [...]

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 [...]

Keeping insect pests out of your trees
Keeping insect pests out of your trees

In an organic garden, instead of using chemicals to kill problem insects, we use a whole toolbox of other ways of thwarting them, and one of the easiest and most effective is to provide a barrier that they just can’t overcome! Barriers are mos [...]

Large pest audit
Large pest audit

Large pests such as rabbits, hares, kangaroos, wallabies—or maybe domestic ‘pests’ like sheep or goats—are mainly a problem for your actual fruit trees, rather than the fruit. To guard against them and protect  your trees, it’s important to kn [...]

Make your own organic sprays
Make your own organic sprays

Most pest issues resolve by themselves over time as you increase the biodiversity in your garden, and insecticides should always be the instrument of last resort when it comes to pest control. There are times when you need to use them, for exa [...]

Pear & cherry slug
Pear & cherry slug

Pear and cherry slugs can appear at this time of year. It’s a second outbreak for the season, and it’s a good idea to control them now so they don’ t overwinter in the soil, ready to leap into action at the start of next season. While the dam [...]

Pest & disease prevention in spring
Pest & disease prevention in spring

As organic gardeners, we don’t use chemicals to kill pests and diseases, but instead rely on building a healthy, balanced ecosystem in our garden—it’s better for our health, the health of the environment, and it also takes some pressure off ou [...]

Pest and disease control – why organic?
Pest and disease control – why organic?

Most of the chemicals in nonorganic agriculture are used for controlling pests and diseases, and despite the organic sector holding more than 12 million hectares of land in Australia, chemical farming still accounts for more than 99% of the fo [...]

Protect against big animals
Protect against big animals

We usually focus on tiny pests that damage our fruit, but it’s also important to think about the larger pests that can damage newly planted fruit trees, like kangaroos, hares and rabbits. There’s a number of ways you can protect your trees fr [...]

Rabbits & hares
Rabbits & hares

Rabbits and hares can be a bad pest of young fruit trees by chewing the bark, setting back the tree’s growth. If they chew the bark all the way around the trunk (‘ringbarking’) they will easily kill a tree. They can also nip off small branches [...]

Research common pests & diseases in your area
Research common pests & diseases in your area

Our organic pest and disease control strategy is dependent on getting to know your enemy—and the first step is to figure out which of the common pests and diseases are (or are likely to be) a problem at your place. Filling out the tables in t [...]

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