Answer: First things first, you should thin those peaches to at least 8 inches apart. That will help reduce stress on the tree. Then pick up and remove and destroy all fallen leaves and fruit. Continue to do this promptly all year. This will help control the foliar problem in the future. Next, contact your County Extension (285-4630) agent for the most up to date spray regime for peach trees in your local area. Unfortunately, healthy peach trees require a lot of care and any spraying needs to be done according to a strict timetable determined by the weather each year as well as by local disease and pest conditions. It may already be too late to protect your tree from this current problem, but at least you will know what to do next year and approximately when it needs to be done. (Some preventive spraying may need to be done in winter long before any symptoms become apparent.) good luck with your tree!
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