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apple scab

last year i posted a question on here about my apple tree which was affected by apple scab. I was advised to rake up all leaves from the tree which I did religiosly every day until the tree was bare. I also pruned the tree back. Everything seemed fine this year, the tree looked very healthy and then a month or so ago i noticed the tell tale marks on the leaves so it looks like all my hard work was to no avail 😩 Is it worth having one more go at raking all leaves up again this year or is the tree doomed ?

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Mary,

    Yes, it is certainly worth persisting - last year, you thought the tree was doomed and would have to be cut down, but within a year you've got it scab-free right through the summer, so you're really making progress.

    I would say, read your post from last year again, and do the same again this year: rake up every fallen leaf, every fallen apple, and make sure you get all the mummified apples off the tree at the end of the season.

    As I said last time, there ARE some fungal treatments you can use, but you won't be able to eat the apples that year. Did you use any fungal treatments this year?

  2. Grower

    Mary Shelton

    No I didn’t. I will persevere and have a look at what fungicides I can get. Thanks again for your help.

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