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RollTide MJ
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Peach Tree question


I don't know if this is the appropriate board for this topic so please RA for moving if you think it's not.

My wife and I purchased a house in March. At this house the previous owners had a peach tree. It's putting out peaches but they aren't any good as they have a lot of worms on them and the birds have taken care of the ones that looked half way decent. It's too late to do anything now but for next year, when should I start spraying to keep the worms and insects from ruining them. I have a .22 caliber pellet rifle for the birds but just need some direction on spraying for the insects.



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RBWilliams8
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Idk about fruits but I used a non hazardous powder for the aphids on all my vegetables that may, or may not help with worms. I've heard of people putting a stuffed hawk or buzzard to keep other birds away from their crop idk how true that is.





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RBWilliams8
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Outdoor board has helped me with my vegetable garden in the past... Might get better responses there. But I wouldn't count these guys out just yet.





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Monsters and Men
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It really depends on the kind of insect pests you have, but here are some general things you can do if you want to spray pesticides.

Sometimes you can control effectively by spraying something like spinosad during the winter and that'll kill all the caterpillars that are overwintering on the branches. You could also spray spinosad just after the flowers bloom and then a week later. The important thing is that you kill the larvae before they get into the fruit, otherwise any pesticide application you do is worthless.

Spinosad is just one pesticide you can use but it is a nice low toxic pesticide which makes it well suited for residential areas and it also affects a large variety of insects. You should also always follow the directions on the label.






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Monsters and Men
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Oh and if you have caterpillars then Bacillus thuringiensis is your best bet for killing them and it doesn't harm anything else. However, you will have to spray once the larvae are present but before they can get to the fruit. So it's kinda tricky.





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RollTide MJ
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Awesome. I'll have to go down to the co-op and get some of this. Would really like to actually be able to enjoy the peaches next year instead of having to use them as compost.





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Monsters and Men
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No problem. I'm actually a horticulture major and so I've studied this stuff for years and I'm thrilled that I get to help somebody with this knowledge.

ETA: If you really wanted to know the best course of action I'd recommend talking to an ag extension agent from your county. It's free and they have years more experience than I do, plus they know the area.



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Ole Geauxt
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sounds like the aggie knows some serious stuff,, also a feller by the name of Langston on Outdoor Board can help you a bunch, as well. He and his family own a bunch of those plant and tree farms close to Alexandria





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RollTide MJ
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Cool. Yeah it sounds like he does know his stuff. I definitely don't know that much when it comes to growing stuff. We have a garden in the backyard that I've planted and so far I've gotten 1 measly banana pepper. My tomato plants are probably 4-1/2 feet tall and not even the first bloom.

I can build stuff and do my lawn care but growing fruits and veggies isn't my best ability.



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Monsters and Men
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I might be able to help with the tomato plant. When did you plant it and put fertilizer out? How do you water it and how much? Does your water have a lot of salts? The tomato cultivar would be nice too if you know it.


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