Question from Stennis:
My peaches have brown spots and some worms inside this year; what is the appropriate time for spraying? What kind of schedule do you recommend and with what?
Answer from Pat:
It is too late to spray fruit at this time of year with anything. The damage is already done. Spraying now in August would be entirely ineffectual and even harmful to yourself, your tree, and the environment. You can, however, build up the health of the tree by improving the soil with amendments including John and Bob’s Soil Optimizer, kelp, humic acid, and home-made compost. I advocate dormant spray for peach trees and this can only be done in winter after the leaves have fallen and the tree is dormant.
Begin your spraying routine in fall after leaves have fallen and you have correctly pruned the tree and cleaned it up. November, December, and January are the times to use dormant sprays as discussed, explained, and described in detail in my organic book on pages 57 to 59, 382, 384, 385, and 403. (Also see pages 45 and 46.) I’m sorry that the information is just too long to cover again here. Additionally, please notice the checklists at the end of every chapter. These lists cover all the plants we grow and the tasks to be done each month. Don’t be overwhelmed. No one has all these plants so the lists are far more comprehensive than any one gardener needs but they jog your memory when you need it, like last winter when you should have been doing this job. So this year, begin in fall this year to protect your tree for next year.
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