Bug Scout 1981
Prune Fruit Tress Now
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
But you said to prune apple trees close!
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February 7, 1981

Fruit production may be affected by many pest problems.  These pests include diseases, insects, mites, mice and weeds.  Proper pest identification is necessary to select an effective control program.

Pruning is an important aspect of most control programs.  Removing and destroying dead or dying branches eliminates some sources of disease.  Pruning also allows proper penetration of pesticides applied to the tree for disease, insect, or mite control.

This is the time to prune fruit trees to aid pest control next summer.  Remember a fruit tree is like a lot of organizations:  a good pruning to cut out dead wood works wonders.
    

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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