Apple Pest Management for Home Gardeners

Home gardens with only a few trees make limiting pesticide use feasible while still producing a great crop of apples. This publication outlines basic principles of pest management for home-grown apples.

Bagging Apples for Insect and Disease Control

Producing apples in home gardens can be challenging due to damage by insects and fungal diseases. One effective organic solution is placing developing fruit in bags. This factsheet describes the process.

Fruit and Frost

Wisconsin always has a risk of spring frosts, which can injure or kill flowers or immature fruit. This factsheet outlines critical temperatures and describes ways to protect against late season frosts.

Growing Apples in Wisconsin

This publication is a great how-to resource for backyard apple growers. It covers everything from planting to pruning to disease and insect management strategies, to help you get a great harvest.

Training and Pruning Apple Trees

Author(s): T.R. Roper Proper training and pruning helps to maximize production of high-quality apples. This illustrated guide shows how and when to prune. Download Article

Growing Pears in Wisconsin

Pears are among the easiest tree fruits to grow. This 28-page publication covers everything you need to know for successful fruit production, from planting through harvest.

Fruit Crop Pollination

For fruit to develop, proper pollination must occur. This publication describes which crops require pollen from a different cultivar to set fruit, and which can set fruit on their own.

Reducing Soil pH

Proper soil pH allows plants to efficiently take up nutrients. Learn how to reduce high soil pH in this factsheet.

When Are Apples Ripe?

This factsheet helps you determine when various apple cultivars are ripe and ready to pick, as well as provides tips on harvesting and storing your bounty.

Home Fruit Insecticides

Managing fruit corp insect pests can be very challenging, and should involve an “integrated pest management” approach. This factsheet lists potential pesticides that may be appropriate.

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