In Ontario, there is fruit tree trouble in the backyard. My cherry tree died, my plum tree is sick, and all my pears drop every year.
It's a real problem, since we must stay organic with the spray. I've noticed that they've backed off a bit in the locked cabinets, since Malathion has showed up now. I've kept my apples going by using Home Defence (pyrethin), with a copper wetable powder. My crop is generally down to nothing.
Now, I got a huge amount of apples for drying last fall from the in-laws. Their secret is to take a trip down to the States. So does everybody around me. I am sure that 99% of the fruit trees are benefiting from this. Now, I'm not saying what they do in the States, since I have humourless people reading this all the time.
I don't want to go to the States, but I have found something. Take a look at the bottom of the blog for a certain magic container which I have ordered through Amazon. That's right! No trip necessary. I'll get it next week, since it is totally legal at the Canadian border.
I once researched all of this, and the magic stuff has something for fungus, but most importantly it has a 'sticker, spreader'. This should mean that I don't have to manually thin the apples, and should keep the fruit on until it ripens. If you click on the graphic and buy it, I get a few cents to make me happy. It's expensive with the shipping, but beats a trip to Buffalo.
PS. A package just arrived. I won't say what it is. My legal statement is "I don't have nothing.". The secret code is "applesauce".
Update: Went on well for first spraying. I hope it will help with the raspberries, which get fungus and Japanese beetles.
Update2: They have another magic organic potion that does the weeds. It doesn't smell at all, so you can spot spray like you're putting on Roundup.