Organic fruit tree spray for bugs
For a few decades now, chemical-based pesticide treatments have been the only choice for treating pests in our organic fruit orchards. But there are so many other alternatives that are eco-friendly and organic, that it doesn't really make sense to use pesticides unless there are no alternatives available.
The organic fruit tree spray category is dominated by natural pesticides derived from botanicals, which are used to control and keep insects at bay in orchards.
While there are many organic sprays, this group of insecticides has the most wide ranging applications. These are usually used to protect greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, and vineyards.
They work by either repelling pests (or keeping them away from crops) or acting as an insecticide to kill them outright. There are many active ingredients that are in use today, which include synthetic pyrethroids, methoprene, neem oil, pyrethrins, and spinosad.
The most common use of an organic fruit tree spray is to prevent pests from entering the garden, greenhouse or orchard. Most organic fruit tree sprays can also be used to combat certain pests that get into the greenhouse. But if the pest or the scale, for example, is something that is not a greenhouse pest, then a different form of organic sprays may be more suitable.
The two most commonly used synthetic fruit tree sprays are pyrethrins and pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are actually natural compounds that are derived from chrysanthemums, but can be made synthetically with a bit of effort. It is often blended with another synthetic insecticide to produce a more lethal pesticide.
But it may seem like using an organic pesticide to control pests is an old-school approach, which is an antiquated practice. But don't get rid of the organic sprays just yet.
In the past, the use of synthetic fruit tree sprays was not an environmentally friendly approach. In the United States alone, it was estimated that as much as 25 percent of pesticide spray was lost through drainage, runoff, or the use of pesticides as soil conditioners. That number may have been a bit high. But the high cost of conventional pesticides and the fact that these pesticides were not always very effective in controlling pests made the adoption of environmentally friendly pest control a necessity.
In recent years, we have seen the adoption of "Green Pest Control" become more common as concerns over the health of the environment and the human health has increased. So it is not uncommon to see organic fruit tree spray being used to combat certain greenhouse pests that are considered to be damaging to the health of the garden or orchard. It is a much more responsible and environmentally friendly way to treat pests and help them to become non-problem pests.
When using an organic fruit tree spray, it is critical to follow all directions and understand exactly how the pesticide should be applied. Organic fruit tree sprays come in different kinds of strengths, and the spray rate is usually listed on the can or bottle of the pesticide. Be sure to follow the specific directions, and read labels carefully before you use them.
Another important thing to consider when using an organic fruit tree spray is that you can not spray in the summer because the spray will evaporate and the effect will be very short-lived. You should only spray during the cooler parts of the day.
As with any pesticide, you should follow all the directions on the label and use the product only when the label directs that you do. If you have any concerns about using an organic fruit tree spray, always contact the label producer. Be sure to follow their recommendations regarding how and where to use the spray. And remember: read the label, follow all the directions, use the product correctly, and use it in the proper manner.
I wish I had known this years ago before starting my urban organic gardening efforts. I hope this information helps all you budding urban organic gardeners to have a happier and more successful time of it in the garden.
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