I’m so excited to check our apple trees. Last year the trees didn’t bloom until fall and we had tiny apples in time for winter’s killing frost. This year, we had a lot of blossoms early in the season and I was hopeful. Early storms blew some off, but then came the bane of every backyard apple tree…fungus!
Last year, the apple trees developed apple scab. This is a fungal disease that makes the leaves turn brown, wilt, and fall off. If any apples had developed, they would have looked horrible and unappetizing. I went to my local nursery and spoke with their tree expert.
This past February, armed with all my new apple scab knowledge, I pruned the trees more aggressively, and treated for fungus more often. After a wet spring, I checked the leaves for any spots and pulled off any that were infected.
I only have a couple dozen apples this year, but I’m hopeful they will be good quality. And that the harvest will continue to increase each year!