Doug: Here is a good list of herbicides and when to apply them. 
there are a few that you may be able to use.. (for example Gromaxone, Rely, 
Fusilade, Post) read the label, but a hooded sprayer and protection of the tree 
trunk are highly encouraged.

Mosbah Kushad, University of Illinois

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Doug Nelson
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Subject: [Apple-Crop] Newbie Orchardist questions Herbicide on First Year 

I have a new tall spindle orchard planted in an alfalfa field this spring.  I 
did not realize how much work it would be to mechanically weed the orchard. All 
the orchards I have visited have told me not to use herbicides for the first 
year on newly planted trees. There is a conventional nursery across the street 
that uses barrier on new trees.

Does anyone have a herbicide they are using on new trees or stick to mechanical?

Doug Nelson
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