Apple and plum tree problem

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    Hi, thank you in advance, ive moved to a new house which has fruit trees, the apples have black dots on them and the plum brown crusted and fine holes in leaves, do i keep them or chop them this winter?x
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    • Mike Allen

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      Firstly. I am not a fruit grower. I would be inclined to destroy/burn leaves and fruits, to avoid and spread of the problems. Then turn my attention to treatments such as. Tar oil wash and grease bands.
       
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          Agree it looks like apple scab. (Of course worth checking for any creepy crawlies in the apples too just in case there are multiple issues going on).

          For control, a spray early in season and clearing fallen leaves well in autumn is recommended.

          I have read that the scab affected fruit are fine to eat but best to peel first as the 'lesions' themselves should not be consumed in large quantities.
           
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