Applying horticulture oil on trees and shrubs is the ideal way to prevent tree and shrub damage due to insects. Like most living organisms, trees and shrubs are susceptible to a variety of pests. Horticultural oil sprays have proven to be extraordinary pest management tools without the traditional concerns. The application of horticulture oil on trees and shrubs is an essential part of any good tree and shrub program. A late winter/early spring and late fall horticultural oil spray protects against damaging insects.
Horticulture oil is recommended for both dormant and summer pest control treatments. The oils can be used on most foliage plants, trees and shrubs and they control a wide range of insects including mites, aphids, leafhoppers, white flies and chewing insects. They are considered safe to use around humans and pets.
Horticultural oils need to be sprayed directly on the pests, to be effective. The primary way horticultural oil kills insects is by suffocating them. The oil blocks the spiracles through which insects breathe. Horticultural oils also disrupt the metabolism of insect eggs and the ability of some insects to feed, causing them to starve to death. Insects, like aphids, carry diseases from plant to plant by feeding.
Be sure to protect your treasured plants from the ravages of harmful insects. If you think your landscape might be suffering from a pest problem, call us. Using horticulture oil on trees and shrubs is one of the ways damage can be effectively minimized.