Answer: Raspberries are subject to a number of diseases, so perhaps this is what happened to the plant. Another possible reason would be moisture stress from last year's drought that is only now becoming apparent. Strawberries, too, are subject to a number of problems, many of which can be marde worse by wet weather such as we have had this year. New plants may also take some time to settle in and become established, especially if they are planted a bit late or if the soil is not very well prepared with copious amounts of organic matter so that it is both rich, humusy and moisture retentive and yet still very well drained. Since the blueberries look okay, and they require an extremely acid soil, it is possible that your soil is overly acid for the other plants. You might want to run some basic soil tests to check that and see if there are any additional amendments you need to add. Your county extension should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results.
With regard to apple trees, there are various preventive measures that can be taken to prevent insect and disease problems. The spray program would really depend on the incidence of diseases in your area, the variety of apple you are growing and the weather that particular year. Your county extension should also be able to advise you on the best sprays to use and on the correct timing for the sprays. Timing is very important in order for the sprays to be effective.
Your county extension can be reached at 825-0900.
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