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Pruning Tips

Old Apple Trees

Pruning Old Apple Trees

Pruning Old Apple Trees

The weekendgardener has an excellent tutorial I highly recommend, find it here.  It even includes home remedy suggestions for controlling Coddling Moth!

Home Remedy:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 1/8 tsp ammonia
  • 4 2/3 cup water

Cut a 2 to 3 inch (5.1-7.6 cm) hole into the top of an empty 1 gallon milk jug. Place 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the solution in the bottom of the jug. Hang several of these in the tree. This works well for apples pears and others.

Traditional Remedy:

In the late winter, scrape bark to remove cocoons; apply dormant oil sprays. Use sticky tree bands or bands of corrugated cardboard to trap larvae leaving the tree to pupate. Check for larvae and destroy daily. Diligent trapping of the first generation will considerably reduce second the generation. In large orchards, use pheromone traps to determine the main flight periods of moths; then time sprays to coincide with egg hatch or release Trichogramma parasitic wasps to attack eggs. You can also use pheromone twist-tie dispensers throughout the trees to confuse males and prevent mating. If used together with the tree bands, control can be achieved.


More tips coming soon!