Since I'm also determined not to spray chemicals on my trees, this spring I'm trying Surround, an organic, clay-based spray that is supposed to protect the leaves and fruit from many destructive insects. But it's apparently harmless enough to humans that you can eat it...not that I would. Anyway, we first heard about Surround from Edible Landscaping, but it looks like it can be ordered from several places online if you do a Google search.
|Young pear tree sprayed with Surround.|
A downside of Surround is that, as you can see, it turns your trees white. Does anyone know of other options if aesthetics are a concern?
|Baby pears sprayed with Surround.|
Here's some other unrelated, unsolicited advice regarding fruit-bearing trees:
1. Plant them instead of ornamentals.
2. Since they can take several years to bear fruit, the earlier you plant them, the better. If you move to a new place, plant them before you unpack your toothbrush. Seriously.
3. The first year, if your trees bear fruit, pluck all but maybe two or three off of each tree. I know, it's painful. But the trees need to focus their energies on forming strong roots, and if the fruit is allowed to ripen, much of that energy will be concentrated on the fruit and not the roots. Strong roots = better fruit in the years to come.
Note: Surround has not, in any way, endorsed or sponsored this post. Its purpose is to educate others about my experiences as well as glean from the experiences of others who may have used this product.
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