Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Pollinator Resources

Pollinator Resources

Fall Orchard Care Can Reduce Disease Pressure

October 20, 2016

Fall cleanup can help control fungal diseases in orchards. For example, apple scab overwinters on infected leaf and fruit tissue, so remove all fruit, especially mummies, from trees, and augment leaf decomposition by mowing and spreading compost and/or applying fish hydrolysate to encourage microbial activity on the orchard floor. MOFGA's organic orchardist, C.J. Walke, offers these and other tips in his article "Fall Reminders and Income from a Diverse Young Orchard" in the fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.


Trapping Orchard Pests

August 11, 2016

Traps can provide helpful information about pests in your orchard ecosystem. Traps are also useful in young plantings that have yet to fruit or are in their first years of fruit bearing but have not yet reached marketable yields. Collecting and retaining this information will highlight trends in your orchard system and help establish methods of pest control before populations escalate. Read about traps for codling moths and apple maggots in C. J. Walke's article in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, "Trapping Orchard Pests," so that you can plan to use these traps next year.