Looking for some help in my small orchard. I planted a few trees in the Fall of 2015, Spring of 2016 and Spring of 2017. So, none of the trees are very old. I’ve been keeping a photo album of all the issues I’ve been seeing so please see the link for photos.
I think I have several things going against me and I’m not sure where to start or what to do. I was in touch with my local university extension but the guy, with whom I was communicating, seems to have dropped off the face of the planet.
Things I think/know I have:
- I think I have some of the same ailments as what @PA_Fruit_Grower photographed in another thread. I can’t tell if it’s a calcium deficiency or something else.
- I know I have Cedar Apple Rust (CAR) but I know CAR doesn’t typically hurt the trees too bad.
- I may also have Frogeye leaf spot.
- I see damage from Japanese beetles.
Does anyone else see anything I’m missing or failed to mention?
The sprays I’m using (listed below) don’t seem to do a lot to help. Am I using the wrong product(s)? Is there something better/stronger?
Sprays I’m using:
- Agri-Fos (systemic fungicide applied every 8-12 weeks)
- Bonide Fruit Tree Spray (foliar spray applied every week or so - weather permitting)
- Monterey Fruit Tree & Vegetable Systemic Soil Drench (systemic insecticide applied annually)
I use Stark’s Tre-Pep a couple times in the spring and early summer to help with root development. I dropped about 10-20 pounds of mulched manure around the drip-line of the trees a few months ago. I typically spread some high-calcium lime around the drip-line of the trees a couple times a year - especially when I know there’s a good, soaking rain coming.
I’m trying to get a handle on these issues but, as you can see from those photos, I’m failing. I visit local orchards and see big, healthy leaves and then I come home to see my trees and cringe. My great-grandfather grew apples. My grandfather grew apples. My father grows apples elsewhere in the state. What am I missing or doing wrong??