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    Derbydal is offline Sprouter
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    Hi can anyone please advise me where to get grease bands from and how and when to use them on a plum tree ? atb Dal.

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    burnie is online now Veggie gardener
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    I think you are a bit late, they usually go on in the Autumn and according to this not much use for Plums
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=518
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    used to be v popular at one time - will still do a job with plum moth as one sex is flightless from memory

    Smooth the bark on the trunk first if rough
    make sure there aren't any other routes up to the branches ie if the tree is touching a fence, cut it back
    get the band on real tight about 18" off the ground - use extra string if needed
    make sure the sticky surface is a continuous band
    keep an eye on it so that grass or dead leaves aren't left sticking to it
    take it off at the end of May and either burn it or bin it.
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    thanks Nick any idea where to get one ? atb Dal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derbydal View Post
    thanks Nick any idea where to get one ? atb Dal.
    No worries - I know you can buy tubs of fruit tree grease - I'd start with Ebay or amazon as an indicator of price - if you buy the grease like that it would then be possible to wrap the trunk with something like cling film and brush the grease on to that - not sure about bands ready prepared, haven't seen those for ages.

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    Grease Tribute Band, Duo or with Dancers

    is this what you want?

    On a more serious note, I have put my pear trees in this spring, should I have greased them this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    Grease Tribute Band, Duo or with Dancers

    is this what you want?

    On a more serious note, I have put my pear trees in this spring, should I have greased them this year?
    To the best of my knowledge most of the problem bugs that can affect pears can fly - so no I wouldn't bother with grease bands on them.
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