Phillips says his management plan guarantees a worm free cherry.
Back in 2002 when many of the very very harsh chemicals were taken off the market, the new chemicals we have today, most of those are mild. There are things that you will find in common household medicines that you can get down at Walgreens we just use them in a different quantity. I like to see people talking about it. Non GMO. I hate to tell you all fruit trees are non GMO because they are all grown from seed and bred through normal pollination. There's no genetic manipulation of any of the fruit trees that we have in our valley.
Philips says that all cherry trees in Gem county must be cared for and healthy. It's the law. “The other part of having them in your yard and not taken care of them properly… it's illegal. Gem County has a tree board and has an ordinance that if you are neglecting these trees and not taking care of them properly, you are then going to be in violation of that, and they can come tear them out and assess your property and nobody wants that. I don't even think the county wants to deal with that.
There's a lot to know when it comes to growing good cherries. Just ask the experts who do it.