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How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:16

My Bramleys seem to have more codling moth in them  this year and the Victoria Plum seem to have more plum moth.

What is worrying is that I hung up pheromone traps for the two respective fruit moths on the relevant trees and I'm wondering whether the pheromone has attracted more moths than I otherwise would have got!

Or are there just more of those moths around this year?


How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:35
waterbutts wrote (see)

Yes, cut off shrivelled bits and burn them (bits on the tree, that is). 



I cant stay logged in

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 17:22

Heather Michaels said:

I'll be happily typing away and then the cursor will suddenly jump off somewhere and either type in the middle of what i've already written 5 lines up, or it'll take me off to another page altogether.

Heather, are you using an iPad? I find this sort of thing can happen even if I only slightly brush the touch sensitive screen. 

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:10

Not an expert 4thPanda, but I think we're at the right time of year for summer pruning anyway (see buttons for 'How to' and 'what to daddress at top of page).

I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I imagine removing growth using recommended summer pruning techniques will get rid of a lot of damaged material and then go round again taking off any diseased leaves that haven't been pruned off  - they're never going to be anything but trouble.

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:38

Sorry Waterbutts - whose apple are you identifying as a Bramley? Eh? EH?

(sorry again, was I shouting?)

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 21:31

It's a question of knowing how to pose the subject to optimise the visual effect... 

I only show off my best ones, Waterbutts.

I could've  shown you the manky old windfalls but that wouldn't have done it for you, would it? 

The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 16:49




(Tea said: ... give us a bow.)


Will this do Tea?

or this

Sorry about the size - might be useful for 'big game'



(Must stop this tomfoolery now)

barking dogs

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:27

Hello Catbee

Just a couple of suggestions:

1. Get some photocopies of your blank time/occurrence sheet (or create your own on computer) so you can continue when the first one runs out, or your month runs out.

 I would hope you would still be able to get Environmental Health intervention even if the dog(s) didn't start up again until after the first month had finished. You might want to check this with the EH.

If you had a full record of subsequent re-occurrences of noise nuisance I can't see they could ignore it.

2. I watched a tv programme some years ago where they had found success training dogs to stop barking with an essential oil contraption on their collar that emitted its fragrance as soon as the dog started to bark. Apparently, the dog becomes distracted and intrigued by the new odour it immediately detects and stops barking to search out its origin.

No idea what it's called, though, and I'm not sure if you can get the same sort of thing for the shouty owners! 

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 13:28

These Bramleys are about the size of a healthy cricket ball, admittedly I well below the sizes they can reach. But they seem to be ripe - they certainly make wonderful stewed apple or a fruit compôte, and have just the right amount of tartness before adding sugar.



The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:43

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