Just a note from the OMRI listing of Axxe: "When used as an herbicide may only be used for farmstead maintenance (roadways, ditches, right of ways, building perimeters) and ornamental crops," which implies it's not okay for weed control in apples.

Alldown, Avenger, and other nonsynthetic herbicides are okay if "cultural practices, preventive, mechanical and physical methods are insufficient."


Chris

On 6/5/2015 10:04 AM, Brian Heatherington wrote:
I've used flame weeders in several capacities, including under apples. It's a slow process and potentially dangerous as the cambium of high density rootstocks is VERY sensitive to even brief instances of high heat. I managed to damage and even kill a few 3-4 year old M9's when dry grasses ignited too close to the trunk. On older trees or larger rootstocks it might not be a problem, but use with extreme caution around trunks. Unless you're certified organic, I would go with tree guards (white latex paint once they outgrow the guards) and sprays of gramoxone plus solicam by tractor boom, if you understand the caution required when using gramoxone. Glyphosate with a hand wand would be as slow as the flame weeder but much longer lasting, but then you need to watch for sucker contact, especially on Bud 9. I personally wouldn't consider the drive by weed dragon unless I was organic and had no other options. Axxe is an OMRI certified version of Scythe, which can be fairly effective as a burndown agent if applied late morning on a hot, sunny day. It's labeled for root suckers as well.

Brian Heatherington
Beech Creek Farms and Orchards
2011 Georgia Highway 120
Tallapoosa, GA  30176

On 6/1/2015 9:21 PM, Matt Pellerin wrote:
I am interested in the concept of using a weed flamer as a burndown option in my apple orchard. Has anyone had experience using these with fruit trees? What would be the pros/cons?

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Treworgy Family Orchards
3876 Union St
Levant, ME 04456
www.treworgyorchards.com <http://www.treworgyorchards.com>
207-884-8354


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