Fruit Tree Spray
Growing fruit in a backyard or home orchard can be rewarding or can be very frustrating, depending on disease and insect pests that may be present. Controls may include preventative (protectant) fungicides, but availability and labels may vary for different states, and label directions must always be followed. Timing of application is critical. For example, a simple program for apples would include at least three preventative fungicide sprays at: Pink bud (just before opening), Petal Fall (last petals falling), and First Cover (ten days after petal fall).
For detailed spray schedules and recommended chemicals for your area contact the Cooperative Extension office closest to you. Simply go to http://www.extension.org, drop in your zip code and choose the office that is most convenient for you.