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Today is the first day over 30 degrees on the plains and high 20s in the Hills… ideal conditions for the first wave of codling moth. `The newer smooth barked trees don’t have too much of a problem but the very old Gravensteins have rough bark with cracks etc – a lovely home for the larvae. We removed all the fallen fruit in autumn and any prunings have been mulched. Pest oil spray in winter and this week an EcoOil spray. Each trunk is being banded with corrugated cardboard and ring of horticultural glue placed around the trunk. Today the sticky traps to help monitor the presence of codling moth has been placed in the orchard. So fingers crossed!

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