Aphids and Fruit Trees

Aphids are a common pest an a wide variety of fruit trees, shrubs, vines, vegetables, and more! Leaves curled end to end are the most common sign of aphid damage.  Ants in your tree are another sure sign of aphid infestation, as their only interest in climbing trees is to harvest honeydew (sweet aphid droppings).  … Continue reading Aphids and Fruit Trees

Beetle Invasion! Coping with Japanese Beetles

What green, Japanese terror costs more than 200 million dollars in damage each year? No, it’s not Godzilla…it’s Popillia japonica a.k.a, the Japanese beetle (JB)! This tiny import has entrenched itself as one of the most notorious garden and orchard pests in the United States, devouring acres of fields, trees, and shrubs each year. Grower … Continue reading Beetle Invasion! Coping with Japanese Beetles

The Spotted Lanternfly: New Orchard Superpest?

Have you heard about the Spotted Lanternfly yet? If you haven’t, you’ll probably hear about them a lot more in the near future! First seen in Southeastern PA in 2014, this pest insect’s population has exploded and since moved into New York, Delaware, and Virginia. The Spotted Lanternfly is a threat to many orchard crops … Continue reading The Spotted Lanternfly: New Orchard Superpest?

Stink Bugs: A Widespread Orchard Pest

Most of us have seen a stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), whether it’s crawling in your house or on your crops. These mottled grayish-brown bugs are ¾’’ in length, six-legged, and have a triangular or shield-shaped body and are probably most perceptibly known for the nauseating stench they release from their thorax when disturbed or crushed. … Continue reading Stink Bugs: A Widespread Orchard Pest

Early Spring Orchard Care Tips

Happy Spring, Fellow Orchardists! With the past few weeks of balmy rain and bud and flower break, we wanted to remind you of some early spring tips for tending to your orchard’s health and managing potential disease and pest woes. For a recap of orchard care through all the seasons, check out our recent POP blog article. Unwrap Your Figs … Continue reading Early Spring Orchard Care Tips

POP CORE Recap & Orchard Care Through the Seasons

POP kicked off its newest training program last Wednesday, March 8th at Bartram’s Garden called POPCORE: Community Orchardist Resilience Education. An endeavor to realize the potential and beauty of fully productive, well cared-for eco-orchards in every neighborhood, POPCORE seeks to encourage the self-sufficiency of our partners and connections between partners in close geographical proximity through … Continue reading POP CORE Recap & Orchard Care Through the Seasons

Organic Sulfur Spray and Early Spring Management

By 2015 POP Intern, Steve Palder, and Program Director, Robyn Mello Spring seems to have arrived a couple of weeks early this year, and the first scab spores have been detected in Pennsylvania! If buds on your fruit trees have begun to break (green tips or flowers emerging), this morning’s good spring rains provide a great … Continue reading Organic Sulfur Spray and Early Spring Management

Tips for Managing Codling Moth: Don’t Give Me that Frass!

  The worm in your apple is usually actually a codling moth larvae! Often found inside apples, pears, and walnuts as the light pink worm that’s beaten you to the crunch, the codling moth, Cydia (Laspeyresia) pomonella, is a common orchard pest that can survive between seasons, and if left unchecked, can consume 20 to … Continue reading Tips for Managing Codling Moth: Don’t Give Me that Frass!

Plum Curculio: A Pome and Stone Fruit Pest

When spring weather begins to warm with abundant damp showers, the plum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar) sets its sight on plum, apple, peach, apricot, cherry and other pome and orchard stone fruits, under whose skin this true weevil lays its eggs. Causing considerable damage to fruit, the curculio lays eggs under a flap of flesh – … Continue reading Plum Curculio: A Pome and Stone Fruit Pest

Peach, Apple, and Other Fruit Tree Borers

Have you noticed holes in the trunk or main branches of your fruit trees? Even if these insects aren’t the direct cause of death in fruit trees or destruction of crops, they open them up to infection from other diseases, fungi, & pests. Here’s a few of the worst offenders & how to deal with … Continue reading Peach, Apple, and Other Fruit Tree Borers