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The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

The Orchardkeeper Has Moved to a New Address!

After 10 years as the Orchardkeeper, I have now integrated my Integrated Pest Management Blog into our Royal oak Farm Orchard Nursery web page and created a new blog, "Home Orchard Management @ Royal Oak Farm Orchard!    Join me now at our new blog, ...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Planting and Caring for New Apple Trees

Seasonal Information. Apple trees are quite tolerant, withstanding most conditions, including wind and cold. It is recommended that bare root apple trees be  planted in spring. Container tr...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Spring Dormant Spray Time!

It's just about time to begin thinking about a dormant oil and copper spray for your fruit trees! Ever wonder how the fruit trees know when it's time to come out of dormancy? Well, the trees...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Pruning Fruit Trees

Even though it’s not December 21 yet……winter is upon us!  In our area, northern Illinois, our apple trees are in full dormancy and it’s time to begin planning our pruning for the coming pru...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Fruit Tree Management: Planting Fruit Trees

Too often we encounter troubles because we act first and think later. That’s why when pla...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Plum Curculio Season

With the blooms off the apple trees now, and the temperatures predicted to be in the 80's this week, it is prime time for our ugly little friend, PC! Adult plum curculio beetles, pictured be...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Repost of Critical Temperatures for Frost Damage to Fruit Trees

With the prediction of temperatures in the low 30’s for tonight in northern Illinois, I th...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Spring 2013 Has Arrived!

The apple trees have silver tipped in the orchard here at Royal Oak Farm orchard in northern Illinois and that is a sure sign that spring has arrived!! It also indicates that just as soon as...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Critical Temperatures for Frost Damage!

With the burst of warm weather we had over the past several weeks, our apple trees are abo...
The Orchard Keeper @ Royal Oak Farm · 1Y ago

Record Breaking Spring and Its Impact on 2012 Spray Protocol

Here it is March 21 and  today will mark the 7th day in March 2012 with record-setting high temperatures.  As I write this it is a balmy 82 degrees outside.  Amazingly, the average high temp...