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    I planted apples, pear, cherry and peach trees, but the first fuits disappears and lots of pest or flies shows and I think that is killing the fruit, has any one gone thru that before, I need advice, thanks in advance. clara

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    We have a yard service and they check with the home extention dept for these kinds of things.

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    check out compaion planting+ organic orchard

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    I would get some Diatomaceous earth, food quality, and dissolve it in water, spray it on the fruit trees from first fruit showing to full ripeness. Probably every 3 weeks or so. It will dry and leave what looks like baby powder on the trees. I put it on all my veggies and it seems to kill a lot of any unwanted insect visitors. DE and boric acid, those are my first line of defense from insects.
    Under a microscope it looks like broken glass, it cuts and dehydrates insects. I rub it on the back of my cats' necks for fleas. I also put a dab of it in some of their water and mix some in canned cat food used for treats. This is for intestinal bugs. Wouldn't hurt me to ingest some of it either, which I would first, before chemicals should an MD tell me I had some worms inside.

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    Also remember to add quite a bit of Epsom Salt to all your soil. This is NOT a sodium, but a magnesium supplement. This is only one of the elements that has been used and not replaced in our soil. All plants seem to love it, and my DH, a nurseryman, bought it in 50 pound bags to use on everything on the place. He brought it home and used it on all our plants, and the lemon tree out back loves it. Makes the skin thinner, fruit larger, juice sweeter. DH would take handfuls of it and hurl it around to make it look like a brief snowfall. Then water it in.

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    Where I live (WI), I think you are supposed to spray fruit trees with oil before blooming, to kill pests. Have you Googled fruit trees in your area? You will likely find a lot of good info about this type of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Also remember to add quite a bit of Epsom Salt to all your soil. This is NOT a sodium, but a magnesium supplement. This is only one of the elements that has been used and not replaced in our soil. All plants seem to love it, and my DH, a nurseryman, bought it in 50 pound bags to use on everything on the place. He brought it home and used it on all our plants, and the lemon tree out back loves it. Makes the skin thinner, fruit larger, juice sweeter. DH would take handfuls of it and hurl it around to make it look like a brief snowfall. Then water it in.
    and were do I buy that product?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Where I live (WI), I think you are supposed to spray fruit trees with oil before blooming, to kill pests. Have you Googled fruit trees in your area? You will likely find a lot of good info about this type of thing.
    no I have not google it, i will do so , what kind of oil do you use?

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    and were do I buy that product?[/quote]
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    Good old fashioned Epsom Salt? Almost any place. Grocery stores, CostCo, drug stores, etc. It's used mostly for soaking painful bodies, it's very good for that. Soak your feet in hot Epsom Salt water, then dump the cooled water on your flowers. Do them both good, feet and flowers.

    This is even found in plastic bottles of drinking water, in the ones called mineral water. The mineral mostly used is Magnesium Sulfate, which translates to good old Epsom Salt!~
    Does well in salves for rough skin, etc. Lots of uses for this mineral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    and were do I buy that product?
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    Good old fashioned Epsom Salt? Almost any place. Grocery stores, CostCo, drug stores, etc. It's used mostly for soaking painful bodies, it's very good for that. Soak your feet in hot Epsom Salt water, then dump the cooled water on your flowers. Do them both good, feet and flowers.

    This is even found in plastic bottles of drinking water, in the ones called mineral water. The mineral mostly used is Magnesium Sulfate, which translates to good old Epsom Salt!~
    Does well in salves for rough skin, etc. Lots of uses for this mineral.[/quote]

    I will get it tomorrow, thanks

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    It's called dormant oil spray. It's too late for you to use it this year, however; it has to be used before the fruit buds open. There are lots of articles about it online. Here is a link to one:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2181250_spra...rmant-oil.html

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    Thanks for all the great tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    It's called dormant oil spray. It's too late for you to use it this year, however; it has to be used before the fruit buds open. There are lots of articles about it online. Here is a link to one:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2181250_spra...rmant-oil.html
    I think I can use it because it says the first week of spring and we are still in winter, I will give it a try. thanks

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    Great! Hope it works! I'm planning to use it for the first time this year, but we are still *far* from the end of winter (or so it seems.......) Maybe late March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Great! Hope it works! I'm planning to use it for the first time this year, but we are still *far* from the end of winter (or so it seems.......) Maybe late March.
    well let me know your results, I will post my results too for others to see, thanks

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    My neighbor told me to spray my trees with soap and water to kill bugs.but not
    on my plumeria tree it kills the leafs,but they do come back.
    Fill a spray bottle
    with water and add some dish soap about a teaspoon.
    it does work on my other fruit trees and herbs. I sure am going to try epsom salt, learned something new today. Thanks.

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