Horticultural Pest & Disease Board
The mission of the Franklin County Horticultural Pest and Disease Board is to ensure unrestricted trade in national and international markets by effectively responding to written complaints and carrying out activities as described in RCW 15.08 and 15.09.
Do You Own Fruit Trees?
According to RCW 15.09.060 - Each owner of land containing any plant or plants shall perform or cause to be performed such acts as may be necessary to control and to prevent the spread of horticultural pests and diseases, such pests and diseases are defined under RCW 15.08.010, as now or hereafter amended, or as such pests and diseases are defined by the director of the department of agriculture in accordance with the purpose of this chapter and with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW. The word "owner" as used in this section shall mean the possessor or possessors of any form of legal or equitable title to land and entitlement to possession. For purposes of liability under this chapter, the owners of land shall be jointly and severally liable.
Read RCW 15.09.080 for more information.
Residents & Property Owners of Franklin County
Be proactive to control coddling moth and apple maggot in our county by giving your backyard trees extra attention. Don't infest a commercial grower's livelihood or your neighbors fruit trees.
Helpful Resources & Quick Links
- Board Membership and Meeting Information
- Backyard Fruit Tree Spray Schedule, by WSU Tree Fruit
- WSU Master Gardeners Program, for more information about growing backyard fruit trees or identifying pests in your garden.
- Tree Buy-Back Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). Tired of messy fruit or ornamental fruit trees? You may be eligible to receive a $100 voucher. Call before you cut! (Check the FAQ to see if your tree is eligible)
- What Is Wrong with My Tree? A compilation of fact sheets for managing common landscape and garden plant problems, by WSU Extension
- Pestsense fact sheets outline IPM strategies including cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods
- Codling Moth-Resistant Flowering Trees (PDF)
- Why Your Cherries May Not Taste Good and Have Color Fade, management of Little Cherry and X-disease for Backyard Producers
Benton County Horticultural Pest & Disease Control Board
620 Market Street
Prosser, WA 99350
- Are backyard fruit trees more trouble than they are worth?
Most people who plant fruit trees in their backyard find the planting to be an enjoyable experience, and look forward to the time when they can pick fresh fruit to eat and to share with friends. Most of these people do not realize the work or responsibility that goes with that little tree when it is planted. Learn more about your responsibilities in maintaining your home grown trees (RCW 15.08 and RCW 15.09).
- In what way am I responsible for my fruit trees?
Local laws specify that you, the owner are responsible for controlling destructive pests and diseases of fruit trees on your property. This is true whether you plant the tree yourself, or buy property with fruit trees already on it.
- What harm can my fruit tree do?
The tree can harbor insects and diseases. If not properly controlled, these pests can move to a neighbor’s backyard tree or travel great distances to infest commercial orchards where they can cause serious economic damage.