In vitro experiments indicated that boric acid, monopotassium phosphate, sodium metabisulfite and synthetic fungicide fluopyram + tebuconazole were effective in inhibiting conidia germination and germ-tube elongation of Venturia inaequalis. Monopotassium phosphate even at the highest concentration used in the study reduced conidia germination and germ-tube elongation of V. inaequalis by 22.1% and 28.8%, respectively; however, the difference between two compounds at lower concentrations except 0.05% (for conidia germination) and 0.1% (for germ-tube elongation) of boric acid was statistically significant (P ≤ 0.05). Complete inhibition was achieved by 0.01% sodium metabisulfite, 0.035% fluopyram + tebuconazole and 0.2% boric acid. Two orchard trials were conducted on the highly susceptible cv. Mutsu to apple scab to ascertain the efficacy of 0.2% boric acid, 0.5% monopotassium phosphate, 0.5% sodium metabisulfite and 0.035% fluopyram + tebuconazole for the control of apple scab. In both 2013 and 2014, except for the applications of monopotassium phosphate and sodium metabisulfite, the applications of boric acid and fluopyram + tebuconazole to trees at 10-day intervals significantly reduced disease incidence and severity on leaves and fruit compared to the water-treated control. In both years, the efficacy of boric acid and fluopyram + tebuconazole treatments was similar in reducing both disease incidence and severity on leaves and fruit in all monthly assessments from July to September. All treatments were neither phytotoxic to leaves and fruit nor did they adversely affect quality parameters of harvested fruit. These results show that boric acid treatment may be applied as an alternative chemical for the control of apple scab.