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Old 03-31-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Anyone know what this is taking over my apple tree & how to control it?

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My apples ( when the critters don't get to them) have dark spots on them too.

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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http://www.gardeningchannel.com/comm...f-apple-trees/

Just Google "apple tree diseases" and lots of sites come up with pictures and treatments.

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Just Google "apple tree diseases" and lots of sites come up with pictures and treatments.
Thank you! I'll check it out.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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So far it looks like lichen but I haven't been able to find photos that look similar to the darks spots.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #5
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You should be using a dormant spray on fruit trees. Now, before they blossom, would be a great time to apply if you are not too late.

Apples and other fruit bearing trees need aggressive pruning too. That branch shown and with fungus is never going to bear fruit again. Cut it off. Nice fruit will form off the blossoms and be way healthier if you prune. Dispose of the branches you take properly. The tree may and should look like it got a bad haircut the first year but a pruning book will show you. It is out of print, but "How to Prune Almost Everything" can be found used.

I put myself through school working in fruit orchards and learned from the best.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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The fungus covers the whole tree, it's been there since we moved in. It has lots of apples every year and already has blossoms am I too late to spray it?
I'll send a picture of the full tree.
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OMG. I don't think I know how to rescue the tree.

Fruit trees have a lifespan. I think I would advise cutting yours down.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:53 PM   #9
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It's looked like this since I've moved in and always produces lots of apples ( 5 years ). I probably won't cut it unless it starts dying. I've been told by a few others that the stuff growing on it is harmless though unattractive.
I appreciate you taking a look at my photos.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:55 PM   #10
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Lol, I just realized how horrible this photo was. I'll send another taken with my dslr after I've removed the dead limbs. It was so full of blooms last week I decided to wait on removing them limbs
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It will take you several years of cutting off big branches and pruning to bring that tree back. You want to have an open tree with one main leader and several main branches that you can walk between. The best time to do major pruning is late winter when the tree is asleep. In early summer the only thing you want to cut off are the "suckers", which is new growth that goes straight up.
This site has a pretty good description http://www.weekendgardener.net/how-t...pple-trees.htm (see step 4!)

If the apples have little black spots that rub off it is just mildew, too much foliage and not enough airflow.
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