I have 2 apple trees that have lost their leaves to early in the season to neglect attention

Asked November 7, 2017, 11:42 AM EST

I don't know what is wrong with them or why it happened. Several of the neighbors have had problems with their flowering cherry trees and ornamentals. They have had gardeners come and prune them back severely to the point of not growing back for several years. I don 't know what to do about my trees. Do I have to prune them now before next growing season to prevent further damage? Or just wait to see what happens in the spring?

Baltimore County Maryland disease issues fruit abiotic issues pruning care

1 Response

Look at our website for information on tree fruit and apples. See care, pruning, and common problems. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/apples

Apples are susceptible to several insect and disease problems. Some issues may be environmental or cultural in nature. You need to know what you are spraying for. If you have a current pest or disease problem, you should plan for preventative treatments next spring.
Look at General Disease Recommendations and the VA Tech Spray Schedule

Sanitation is a very important part of managing fruit diseases and pests. Pick up and discard all dropped fruits as they often contain damaging insects that will continue their life cycle underneath your trees. Be sure to remove all dead and diseased plant parts from tree fruit. Next season you can send us photos of symptoms as soon as you notice them.