Dormant Spray? – March is the time

Where insects are concerned, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure.  What I’m talking about is dormant spraying shrubs and trees to head off insect problems later on. Specifically, oil sprays called dormant oils are applied winter and early spring to dormant trees and shrubs.  They work by coating insect’s eggs, which have spent the winter on your trees, thereby preventing them from hatching.  It is a safe, organic method which works on many types of insects which over winter on trees and shrubs.  Obviously, insects can fly in and damage plants in the season as well, so it’s important to monitor insect activity regularly all through the season.  Early detection and proper identification of pests is the easiest, safest method for dealing with any problems.  But spray with the dormant oils now, early spring, and you may avoid problems for the entire year.  —Bill Caras – Owner, Caras Nursery and Landscape

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