Plant a disease resistant tree such as 'Liberty.' These apples
do not get the apple scab disease.
Plant a dwarf or semi-dwarf tree
Plant tree in early fall or spring in a sunny location with plenty
of air circulation
Apply insecticide Imidan (phosmet) when all the flower petals
have fallen (generally late May) and again 10-14 days later to control
the plum curculio, European apple
sawfly, leafrollers, and codling moth.
sticky red spheres in trees at the end of June Use 1-6 traps per
tree, depending on tree size. Ideally use 1 trap per 150 fruit.
Set traps at approximately head-height in the outer portion of tree
canopy where there are plenty of developing fruits nearby. Remove
all fruit and foliage within 1-2 feet of the trap. Traps can be
purchased at garden centers.
Pick up and remove dropped apples, and rake and destroy apple leaves
in the fall. If you already have disease-susceptible trees planted,
spray a fungicide such as Captan every 7 days from late April to
For an overview of home apple tree management and sources of disease
resistant fruit trees, see "Home Tree and Small Fruit Pest Management
Guide," or visit the URI Apple IPM website at http://www.uri.edu/research/IPM