Fruit Bites for July 20-22 Orchard Weed Management
TS: Controlling the weeds in the orchard doesn’t have to mean a barren dirt field, but controlling some weeds can help reduce competition for water and nutrients as well as alternate hosts for leafhoppers that transmit viruses. Even dandelions compete for honey bee attention during bloom. Keeping weeds low under the drip line of the tree is crucial while leaving the drive row with grass, helps reduce erosion.
BL: what are some of the main weeds to watch out for?
TS: field bindweed – it wraps up sprinkler heads and can overtake new trees.
Thistle – once in your orchard, not many herbicides have any impact.
Mallow – alternate host for leafhoppers in cherry that can transmit X-disease
BL: So, bottom line …
[wrap up/recommendation for control]
BL: Well, thanks Travis. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.