insect prevention on apple trees
Hello, I'm looking for some help with insect prevention on apple trees. I'm a home gardener trying to raise some apples. I have a Fuji, Honeycrisp & Liberty apple trees. I can't seem to be able to defeat them no matter what I try. This is what I'm currently doing: 1. Dormant spraying with Neem Oil 2. Spraying with Bonide Fruit Tree Spray during the growing season 3. Hanging apple maggot traps in the trees. I attached a photo of a couple of the apples. Can you help me with my issues? Many thanks for any help you can provide.
Livingston County Michigan apple insects
What time of year is best for dormant spray?
In your location, March.
Best timing is just as the tree and buds begin growth. Depending on the oil you use try to apply just as the first buds are opening.Double check the weather and be sure it is not going to freeze for the next two days. If is is going to freeze, wait until you have a two day window. Once the leaves begin to unfold it get late and you need to reduce the oil by half.
Thanks for all the help