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When do I apply Dormant Oil to my fruit trees? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question – When do I apply Dormant Oil to my fruit trees?

I get this question all the time. The name really says it all – Dormant oil… You apply it when the tree are fully dormant, before the buds break in late winter/early Spring. Its the first step in any fruit tree spray program and probably the most important. When you spray your trees with this product, it will smother overwintering insects like – aphids, scale & mites. It will also kill their eggs. Don’t skimp, wet the tree limbs and trunk down till they are soaking wet & dripping.

Inexpensive and easy to apply, Dormant Oil is your first step in a fruit tree spray program. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

  • Dormant oil will have an added emulsifier to help it mix with water in your sprayer. But shake it well and shake it often 🙂
  • Make sure to spray on a day where it will be above freezing for at least 24 hours.

A little more advice – clean up last years leaf matter, fallen fruit and branches, etc. This will help insure that overwintering insects and fungi are out of the way.

I Hope this helps you get started down the road to better quality fruit and healthier trees.

Here’s to Spring!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com

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