One thing we try to avoid here at Big Oak Ridge is the use of chemicals. However, we’ve found through experience that one place you pretty much have to use chemicals is on the fruit trees.
I don’t know if this is because the pests and diseases have become worse over time, or the root stock has become weaker; but we’ve never been able to successfully defend our fruit crop without resorting to some type of fruit tree spray.
So, today was the day. I’m attempting to prune the fruit trees myself, which I fear may end up killing them anyway, but I also gave them their first spray-down today.
We also pruned the blueberry bushes.
Next up: starting some more seedlings.