SPRAY TO PRE­VENT DIS­EASES

NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Garden Tasks This Week -

Don’t let dis­eases catch you nap­ping. Guard against fun­gal and bac­te­rial dis­eases on pipfruit trees, stone­fruit trees and berry plants by spraying them now with cop­per. Re­peat this weekly un­til the leaves start to grow – watch for when lit­tle green tips start to emerge from the buds after flow­er­ing. These sprays are the best way to pre­vent nasty, un­wel­come in­fec­tions later in the sea­son such as leaf curl, black spot and brown rot. Make sure you col­lect and de­stroy all leaves on the ground around trees too – these may be har­bour­ing pests or dis­eases.

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