Gardening - Fruit: Pests & Diseases
Growing fruit in the home garden can be an interesting, fun and rewarding hobby. Many novices dream of plucking perfect fruit off trees in their yards. This does not happen without a great deal of work. Control of pests (insects and diseases) is an integral part of the care necessary to achieve good results.
This publication provides guidelines for spraying home fruit plantings, but good pest control is not possible if spraying is the only action taken. Cultural practices such as pruning, sanitation, variety selection and selecting open, sunny sites for planting are necessary for good pest control. Specific cultural practices for each type of fruit are provided with the spray charts.
"PB1622-Disease and Insect Control in Home Fruit Plantings," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, PB1622 5M 6/03 (Rev) E12-4615-00-037-03, http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexgard/9