Home Orchards can be very rewarding but take a lot of work, including a very routine schedule of sprays to protect the young developing fruits and leaves against both foliar and fruit diseases and insects that can damage our fruits and eat the leaves. Cedar Apple Rust and Apple scab are the two main diseases and insects like the Apple Maggot and Codling Moth. Most home orchardists with use a combination product containing control material for diseases and insects. Other tasks include doing any needed fruit thinning to allow fewer apples to mature. This also will promote annual flowering and bearing.
Green Side Up is a gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.