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Question: Our apple tree has clusters of dead leaves throughout it, with newgrowth extending past the dead leaves. A lot of the apples turned brown starting at the tip. We check throughout the day for pests but have seen none.I took pics but wasn't able to paste in here. Any ideas?

Answer: What you describe sounds like a fungal disease but without seeing the tree, I can't say for certain. Apple trees are susceptible to fungal diseases and are generally put on a spray schedule in the early spring to help avoid the problems. Lime/sulfur applications can be made just as the tree is beginning to blossom and leaf out. Your cooperative extension office can provide an apple tree spray guide and can also diagnose the problem if you take a sample of the affected leaves to their office. Here's a website to help you determine where your local cooperative extension office is located:

Best wishes with your apple tree!

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