There is nothing worse than waiting all year to be able to harvest your wonderful orchard only to find that worms and pests have gotten to it first. Here's a simple way to help prevent this from happening.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetable oil
- Ivory dish soap
- Lime sulfur
- Diatomaceous earth
- Spray bottle
Use a spray to protect fruit trees from insects and pests. Mix one cup vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of Ivory soap together before combining with one gallon of water. Place in a spray bottle.
Add a small amount of lime sulfur to this mixture and apply while the tree is dormant, shaking well while applying. DO NOT apply once the tree has begun to bud as this could kill the tree.
After the tree begins to bud, follow up with dustings of Diatomaceous earth. I use an old turkey baster to apply the DE to the bark of the tree. It's very important to remember NOT to spray or dust the tree once it has flowered, until the fruit has set.
To prevent deer and small animals from munching on your trees, plant daffodils around the base. The deer and rabbits will stay away as long as the leaves are still thriving.
After flowers appear, mix together 1 cup of cider vinegar, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and a banana peel. Cut a hole in a gallon milk jug and add mixture. Hang it on the tree. This will attract and trap any miscellaneous pests and help protect the fruit on your trees. I recommend changing this mixture once every week or so, depending on your climate.
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