Course Goals and Outcomes

Learn how to use integrated pest management on any fruit tree, anywhere with this self-study online course.

  • Understand how to use fruit tree blossoms cycles to know what to spray and when.

  • Create your own organic spray schedule for the type of fruit that you grow.

  • Learn how to scout for signs of pests and diseases so that you can then prevent them from spreading .

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to IPM

    • Welcome! And How to Use This Course

    • History of Integrated Pest Management

    • What IPM is...and What it is Not

    • Four Approaches to IPM

    • Assignment 1: Find Your Resources

  • 2

    Non-Chemical IPM

    • Cultural Approaches: Preparing the Site

    • Cultural Approaches: Good Habits

    • Mechanical Approaches: Traps

    • Mechanical Approaches: Pruning, Sox and Nets

    • Biological Approaches: Boosting Orchard Biodiversity

    • Assignment 2: IPM Strategy Worksheet

  • 3

    Pathology and Entomology 101

    • Symptoms Vs. Signs

    • Fruit Tree Pathology 101

    • Assignment 3: Disease Profiles

    • Entomology of Fruit Tree Pests 101

    • Assignment 4: Pest Profiles

    • Soil Pests and Diseases

  • 4

    Chemical IPM: Minimize and Optimize Organic Sprays

    • Phenology and Timing Your Sprays

    • Dormant Spray Options

    • Early Summer Spray Options

    • Summer Spray Options

    • The Chemistry of Organic Sprays

    • Assignment 5: Create Your First Spray Schedule

    • Pesticide Safety

    • Using Weather Tracking to Predict Pests

  • 5

    Soil and Fertility

    • Nutrition and Tree Health

    • Immunity Enhancing Sprays

  • 6

    Scouting Tools and Techniques

    • Scouting Recordkeeping

    • Your Scouting Kit

    • Next Steps

Your Instructor

Susan Poizner is an urban orchardist and the Director of Fruit Tree Care Education

Susan Poizner


Susan Poizner in an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. She is the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training portal at and she teaches Fruit Production at Niagara College in Ontario. Susan is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast and an ISA Certified Arborist.

Course will be available on May 1, 2020

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