How to Protect Peach Trees from Peach Leaf Curl

Peach tree

Are there peach trees in your garden?

It didn’t occur to me that… that gardening, like music, could demand practice, patience, a willingness to make mistakes.” – Amy Stewart

Sometimes when gardening like in life, things do not always go the way we planned. That is why we at Rootwell Products Inc. want to help by offering information about gardening so that you know what to do when things don’t go the way you planned. In light of that, today we are sharing about how to prevent the peaches in your garden from getting diseases.

Especially while peaches are young they are suspect to getting a disease called peach leaf curl. Leaf curl is most often seen in the springtime disease and affects peach and related ornamental plants. It normally occurs after a mild winter followed by a wet spring. It is described by the University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program is,

The leaf curl fungus damages peach trees by causing an early leaf drop. This weakens the trees, making them more susceptible to other diseases and to winter injury. Weakened trees also will produce fewer fruit the following season. Yield may be further reduced when blossoms and young fruit become diseased and drop.”

Here are a few symptoms of peach leaf curl,

  • Distorted leafs
  • Powdery gray colored leafs
  • Leaves dropping on the ground

How to Rid Your Peaches of Peach Leaf Curl

One way to get rid of the disease is to prevent it from happening in the first place. One of the best ways to do that is by installing Rootwell Pro318s around the trees. The Rootwell Pro318 is a direct to root watering system that has been scientifically proven to encourage deep root growth, promoting stronger and healthier trees. Healthier trees are more disease resistant and if infected, have a better chance of surviving.

If it is already too late and your peach trees have the disease, don’t worry. There is a way to rid your trees of the disease. Simply spray the entire tree thoroughly with a fungicide spray (lime sulfur or a copper-based fungicide).

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