pest or disease that affects an apple tree can be treated organically.
There were also concerns that the abundance of fruit (we should be so lucky) rotting on the ground would attract rodents, and that the flowers would attract bees. This may seem like a huge benefit considering the current crisis affecting honeybee populations, but for the school, and for the few children allergic to bee stings, it's a liability.
It took four years, but the tree finally developed fruit this year. We were so excited!
However, now the apples have little worm (?) holes all over them.
I can't say that this tree has received too much attention in recent years -- it's definitely under-watered. We've taken a wait-and-see approach, even with preventative treatments, because we want to be sure of what we're dealing with before we apply anything.
But now it's time to do something if we want to save it. Some visiting experts from our local extension recommended that we submit an infected branch to their lab. So that's the plan! But I would also love suggestions from anyone who might have experience treating these kind of apple tree symptoms - preferably organically.
Have you ever grown apples?