Fruit Tree Spray Schedule: Tips On Proper Fruit Tree Spraying Times
The following are some tips on proper fruit tree spraying times. These are based on your specific situation and may not apply to all situations. Please consult with a professional if necessary!
1) Always follow the recommended spray schedule when using any type of pesticide product.
You must always use it according to the label directions. Never mix pesticides unless instructed to do so by the manufacturer.
2) When applying fruit trees, wait until they have fully developed their leaves before starting spraying them.
Wait at least one week after the last frost before spraying. If you wait too long, then there will be no time left for them to develop enough foliage to block off sunlight from damaging them during winter months. Also, avoid spraying in hot weather conditions; this could cause damage and even kill your plants!
3) Do not spray your trees in areas where insects might be nesting such as under eaves, around flower beds, or near vegetable gardens.
Insects like aphids and thrips love these types of locations. They are attracted to the smell of the flowers and will lay eggs there. Aphid eggs can hatch into adult bugs within two weeks which will feed on your plants if they get enough light. Avoid spraying in these places at all costs!
4) Watch the weather conditions before spraying your trees or shrubs.
It is best to apply pesticides to trees when the wind speed is below 3 mph. This will prevent the odor from drifting onto other plants and harming them. If no wind is blowing, then you can spray even if it is still sunny outside. In fact, spraying your trees on a sunny day will help to dry the solution faster.
5) Try to avoid spraying during rainstorms.
Sources & references used in this article:
Management of flowering in three tropical and subtropical fruit tree species by TL Davenport – HortScience, 2003 – journals.ashs.org
Changing options for the control of deciduous fruit tree diseases by TB Sutton – Annual review of phytopathology, 1996 – annualreviews.org
Carbon balance as a physiological basis for the interactions of European red mite and crop load onStarkrimson Delicious’ apple trees by AHD Francesconi, AN Lakso, JP Nyrop… – Journal of the …, 1996 – journals.ashs.org
Manipulating fruit tree structure chemically and genetically for improved performance by JD Quinlan, KR Tobutt – HortScience, 1990 – journals.ashs.org