Central Washington’s dry climate with hot sunny days and cool autumn nights are ideal for growing tree fruit crops. Just as apples, pears, sweet cherries and other stone fruits (e.g., peach, nectarine, apricot, etc.) are successfully grown in Washington for commercial markets, they can also be grown in one’s backyard at home. This can provide the homeowner with edible fruit, valuable ornamental qualities, and possibly access to a favorite variety that may not be available in the local market. What many homeowners may be unaware of is the fact that they are legally responsible for controlling insect pest and diseases in fruit trees on their property. See: Washington State RCW 15.09.060 Owner’s Duty To Control Pests and Diseases.
The resources under ‘Backyard Fruit Trees’ should help you decide if a fruit tree is the right choice for you. Start by reading these short fact sheets.
- Why backyard fruit trees are not for everyone, M. Bush and M. Ophardt, WSU Fact Sheet FS124E, 2014.
- Backyard Fruit Trees: More trouble than they are worth?, P. Dinius, Q & A fact sheet, Chelan-Douglas Counties Pest and Disease Boards, 2010.
Then if you still want the fruit tree, we offer resources to improve pest control and horticulture.