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Winter Gardening Series: Protecting Fruit Trees from Insects and Diseases



Wednesday, March 24, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Registration deadline: 4 PM on March 24, 2021

Join us for a discussion of pest management practices for your home fruit trees and steps you can take to thwart insects and diseases in the home orchard!

$5 suggested donation for this webinar

Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

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Program Description

Worms on the inside, holes and ooze on the outside, leaves curling, spotted and falling off – these are just some of the telltale signs that insects and diseases are harming your fruit trees. Spoiled fruit and reduced yields are likely, and your tree’s health could be in jeopardy too. Unfortunately, there isn’t one practice or one spray that can protect your trees, but few have more experience and expertise in thwarting pests than UNH Extension’s George Hamilton and UMaine Extension’s Glen Koehler. Hamilton, a fruit & vegetable production field specialist, and Koehler, associate scientist of integrated pest management, will share proven tips and solutions for low input approaches to protecting your fruit trees from pests, and will answer your questions and prevention and management in the home orchard.

Moderator: Nate Bernitz, Infoline Program Coordinator for UNH Extension


  • Glen Koehler is a UMaine Associate Scientist of Integrated Pest Management. In addition to his focus on apple pest management, he also works extensively with weather data and how it can be used to predict crop and pest issues for growers.
  • George Hamilton joined UNH Extension in 1989 and is a fruit & vegetable production field specialist. George has direct responsibilities for working with commercial farm operations, both full and part-time, in the areas of vegetables, fruit, and Integrated Pest Management.

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If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.


Program Details


Wednesday, March 24 2021


6:00pm to 7:00pm




Moderator: Nate Bernitz, Infoline Program Coordinator for UNH Extension

Contact Name

Pamela Hargest

Contact Email and Phone, 207.781.6099



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