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Backyard Fruit Trees the Bonsai Approach
WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium
Everett, WA
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Monday May 23, 2016 10:00 AM - Monday May 23, 2016 1:00 PM | $30.00


Backyard Fruit Trees the Bonsai Approach
Washington State is considered to be the temperate fruit basket of the United States; many areas of the state have the perfect climate to produce apples, cherries, pears and other fruit trees. These fruit trees do have some serious pest problems like apple maggot, codling moth, and cherry fruit fly that impact fruit quality. There are other pest problems like aphids, plant diseases and weeds that can impact the overall health of a backyard fruit tree.

After years of discouraging homeowners from planting fruit trees in the fruit-producing areas of the State, Dr. Mike Bush from WSU Yakima County Extension became a firm proponent of the Bonsai Approach to backyard fruit trees. Shorter trees (10 or less) take up smaller spaces in the backyard, reduce reliance on working from the ladder and allow homeowners to adopt more effective pest management strategies.

In his presentation, Bush will walk through seven management strategies of IPM (scouting/monitoring, biological control, cultural control, physical/mechanical control, behavioral control, plant breeding and chemical control) as they relate to backyard fruit trees.

Dr. Bush started with WSU Extension in Yakima County in 1998.  His sole responsibility was Tree Fruit Pest Management for his first six years.  Michael has since expanded his expertise in Pest Management for tree fruit, vegetable crops, households, and home landscapes.  Michael serves as the faculty member overseeing the Master Gardener Program in Yakima County. Currently he is involved in a survey of the stink bugs of Washington.


WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium (View)
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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