[NAFEX] flowering strips in orchards
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 06:15:44 EST 2010
I think there's an awful lot to learn about how to reduce pest pressure in
an orchard by attracting beneficials. I have lots of stuff growing around
my trees to encourage bennies, but I'm not at all sure that my rather random
collection of weeds that include "helpful" plants that I either introduced
or favor, like Queen Anne's Lace, don't encourage as many enemies as
Generally, in the many orchards I manage on homes and estates, the cleaner
(broadleaf free) the turf, the less the insect pressure. Of all of them, my
orchard, with it's wonderful diversity of plants that attract friends, has
the most pressure. Mine was the only one to suffer severe green stink bug
infestation last season and they are a truly horrible pest.
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