Avoiding Common Cherry Tree Diseases Avoiding Common Cherry Tree Diseases
Cherry tree care focuses on fertilizing, pruning, watering and protection against diseases. Among these, guarding against diseases is the most important since the cherry tree is highly susceptible to pests and diseases common to flowering trees. Taking care of your cherry tree is relatively easy if you can consistently follow the following tips.
Cherry Tree Care Tips
- Manually remove the nests of tent caterpillars. While they are a common problem and can defoliate cherry trees, they don't reproduce very quickly.
- Use Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) to get rid of the spider mites. In fact, some gardeners use BT on a monthly basis whether they see mites or not.
- Cherry tree bark is particularly vulnerable to garden borers. To combat them, use a concoction made of a ½-pound of DE (diatomaceous earth) and 1 tbsp. of household liquid soap. Paint the solution on the tree’s bark to remove the borers, or apply with a garden sprayer.
- Regularly prune the tree close to the trunk to prevent witch's broom, which can impede proper development of branches. When pruning, take care not to harm the trunk.
Cherry trees are very sensitive to changes in soil moisture conditions. Even the slightest variations can severely harm the tree. Ensure that the soil bed has good drainage and water regularly. Drainage is critical because water-logging can severely affects its roots. Flooded roots could spoil the tree or the fruits.