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Conclusion (How Best to Grow Backyard Apples & Pears)

Conclusion (How Best to Grow Backyard Apples & Pears)

If you plant apples, or pears, in your backyard, insect pests like the codling moth will come. Codling moth management necessitates multiple pesticide sprays and/or labor-intensive IPM strategies. Regardless of which approach taken, codling moth management is considerably easier for homeowners who plant fruit trees grafted to dwarfing rootstocks.  Alternatively, plant plums, peaches or apricots as these fruits can be grown in some regions of eastern Washington and have fewer fruit-infesting pests.

Additional Readings

Foss, Carrie and Art Antonelli. 2013 HortSense: Tree Fruits. Washington State University, Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Stebbins, R. L. 2007. Training & Pruning Your Home Orchard, PNW 400. Oregon State University.

Beers, E. H., J. F. Brunner, M. J. Willett, and G. M. Warner. 1993. Orchard Pest Management: A Resource Book for the Pacific Northwest.