I live in New York and I have many different kinds of small fruit trees. This year I am trying the insect net barriers on my trees - because I am tired of Japanese beetle plucking all summer long. I am new to gardening. I do not want to use any chemicals, etc. Not that any seem to work on these beetles, anyway...
My question is: When is the fruit set? I want to put the net on before the beetles attack, which is the first week in July. I'm assuming if the trees were going to have fruit, it would be set by July 1?
I have multi-cherries, plum, peach, pear, apricot, a fruit salad tree and a multi-apple. Most are still small and do not have fruit. This year my fruit salad tree and peach have fruit already, the rest are still fruitless.
Has anyone else tried these mesh insect barriers on fruit trees? I plan on keeping the trees small so I can handle them easily.
Thank you for any help, it is much appreciated.