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Week-by-Week in the Garden: Spraying Fruit Trees

Each week in this section you can find a new article about things to keep you busy in and near your garden -- in every season.

Week One: We celebrated the start of 2012 by spraying our young fruit trees (we have two apricots, two peaches, two pears and two apples) with dormant oil to protect them from mites and insects. Mix the oil with water according to the package directions. Different varieties of fruit trees may need a different mix. Use a pressurized sprayer and coat all sides of every branch, as well as the trunk.

Dormant oil forms a coating over buds and branches, suffocating insects that have burrowed into the tree.

Fruit trees should be sprayed three times a year, in the late fall once all the leaves have dropped, early in the new year and again in early spring before the buds start to swell.

Make sure to read the label of whichever product you are using. Do not spray when it's windy or when the temperature is below 45 degrees.

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