Home Fruit: Diseases and Insects. p. 3-1 – 3-23. In: 2016 Pest Management Guide for Home Grounds and Animals


Growing fruits in the home orchard or garden can be an interesting and satisfying hobby, as well as a source of nutritious food for the home gardener. Tree fruits and small fruits require considerable care, and the needs of tree fruit plants and small fruit plants differ considerably. Generally, the flowers and fruit of most fruit varieties should be protected from diseases and insects by protective sprays from early pre-blossom time until near harvest. Gardeners who don’t wish to maintain their fruit plantings on a weekly basis may be disappointed with their harvests.