Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

One of the signs you may have Phytophthora, or root rot disease, is the appearance of these summer cankers on your fruit trees. Though the disease comes from the roots, the dieback starts at the top of the tree, and these cankers usually become active during summer. A...
Control your weeds…or not?

Control your weeds…or not?

We love weeds! A lovely mixed patch of weeds Weeds, or understorey plants as we prefer to call them, provide lots of environmental benefits: they shade the ground, provide habitat and food for the bees and soil microbes that are so important for fertility for our...
To fertilise or not to fertilise?

To fertilise or not to fertilise?

Crabapple flowers and leaves in spring When your fruit trees start to flower, and produce leaves and then fruit in early spring, they’re using nutrients they stored away in their buds and bark back last autumn. But it’s a pretty limited supply, and as soon...
Is your tree water stressed?

Is your tree water stressed?

How do you know if your trees are moisture stressed? In spring it can be hard to tell, but it’s a crucial time to make sure your trees DON’T dry out, particularly if they’re still flowering. Gala apple blossom Why is it a problem? In spring while the...
Capeweed – love it or hate it?

Capeweed – love it or hate it?

Capeweed – pretty yellow flowers, but is it a desirable plant? We’re often asked what we think of capeweed, which is often seen growing in great abundance all over the countryside (and our farm) in spring. If you’ve been following us for a while,...