January 13, 2021
Inspired to save my lone peach, I ordered scion wood and am going to top work the tree. I am committed to doing a cover spray regime of Captan for brown rot and got to reading about plum curculio. It seems that to control this pest, I need to include a malathion spray into my regime. This got me thinking about my dogs who often eat the fallen peach fruit. Would such a regime endanger them? Is it such a threat that I should abandon my efforts and just enjoy my peach tree as an ornamental? Can I just treat with the fungicide and accept a portion of my fruit will be ruined by plum curculio? Any advice would be helpful.
Eric - Hamilton, VA Zone 7a
March 16, 2015
Peach trees are disease magnets, unless you live in a dry place like Eastern OR or WA, Idaho, Utah or most of Cal. I don't like to spray all of those toxins because I don't want to poison my dog, my kids, my wife, or myself. One thing I'm thinking about doing is creating a plexiglass roof to keep the rain off. Then I would prune and spray compost tea, which I have done before successfully. I have heard of people doing the plexiglass roof successfully as well.
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