When to Spray Fruit Trees

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The best time to spray fruit trees is in the fall and winter when the fruit has died back, and any kind of vegetable or olive oil is best to kill any bugs or worms that might damage the tree. Eliminate pesky bugs from a fruit tree with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on garden and lawn care.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen. And in this segment, we're going to talk about, when to spray fruit trees. Now there's so many different types of fruit trees, and different reasons that you can spray them. And, I have found with my fruit trees, the only reason that I spray them is for bugs. And the best time to spray them, is in the fall and the winter, when they've produced their fruit, and the fruit has died back, and there's nothing left on the tree. There's no leaves. That's the best time to spray it. And you can use any vegetable oil, olive oil, eucalyptus oil, any type of oil will kill the bugs in the tree. And just use a sprayer, put it, hook it to a hose, and mix it in with water. You spray the tree down, and what happens is that oil is going to kill any bugs or worms that are eating, or surviving in that tree. And then that way, in the spring when they produce new leaves, they won't have bugs in the tree and they will survive and do so much better. So by spraying them down when they're dormant, and they don't have leaves on them, then they'll be no bugs on the tree, and then they will grow and thrive for the next year.


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