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.
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