Before fruit trees show any sign of spring growth, it's a good idea to give them a winter wash.
This involves spraying your trees with a winter wash that contains a mixture of plant oils, diluted with water – you'll find the concentrated solution in garden centres.
Spraying in this way will help control pests and diseases by knocking out overwintering eggs, removing debris and reducing fungal spores.
Winter washes are especially useful at controlling aphids and woolly aphids on fruit trees like apples, cherries and plums.
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Discover how to winter wash trees, below.