Answer: To prevent insect and disease problems from developing on your young trees, the best thing you can do is prune, feed and water them properly to get them off to a strong, healthy start. Healthy trees are quite resistant to attack. Don't spray on a calender schedule - base pest and disease control on your observations: do you see any evidence of pests? Are conditions favorable for disease onset? Ask your extension service (ph# 209/468-2085) to keep you informed of pest and disease outbreaks in your area - they provide this free service to commercial and home growers! We can help you choose an appropriate control measure when you get the updates. This way, you can target the control to the specific pest, reducing risks to the helpful population natural pest predators, pollinators and disease fighters. Let us know if you have any other questions about caring for your fruit trees!
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