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Time To Apply Dormant Oil To Your Fruit Trees & Crepe Myrtles | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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

I got this question Friday on the radio & wanted to expound on my answer a bit… The name really says it all – Dormant oil… You apply it when your trees are fully dormant, before the buds break in late winter/early Spring. Its the first step in any fruit tree spray program and maybe 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! AND a tool to help combat Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale. | 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! The next couple of weeks will be the perfect time to do this here in West Tennessee.

Dormant oil is also a way to help control the Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale (CMBS) that have invaded our area! Dormant Oil is a good first step in a control program for these new, invasive insects! For more info on CMBS click here –

Applying Dormant Oil is a great way to start the season! Let’s do all we can to fight CMBS!

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 Crepe Myrtles!

Here’s to Spring!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Another GREAT show today with Dan & Sea Bass – The 180 Crew!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 10-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

Today was a LIVE remote from Southland Power Sports & Outdoor Equipment. One word – NICE!

We did a LIVE remote from Southland power Sports today. What a NICE place! LOTS of inventory and a GREAT sales & service dept. If you haven’t been by the Jackson, TN location, check them out – 2155 N Highland Ave, Jackson, TN 38305

The tone was light and fun and we got LOTS of feedback and several questions. I would say the biggie was about Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale…

The crape myrtle bark scale is an invasive insect species from Asia. They secrete honeydew, which subsequently results in sooty mold along the branches, trunk and leaves. Crape myrtle bark scale is VERY unsightly, but may or may not be fatal for plants. 

Here’s a paper from UT –

Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale

  • We also talked about the possibility of frost on Monday morning, so be aware and take the appropriate measures.
  • The weather has dried a bit and it’s time to amend and till those gardens and new planting beds. (Check on a new tiller at Southland Power Sports – they have some NICE ones!
  • PLANTS, PLANTS & MORE PLANTS are in at Carters Nursery! Including Aquatic plants! So come by and see us 🙂

I had a LOT of fun with the 180 Crew today and I hope you did too 🙂

Have a GREAT weekend! and… Happy Pondering!


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

Friday Radio Report – Spring Fever is at epidemic levels! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Friday Radio Report – Spring Fever is at epidemic levels! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Is it Friday already? WOW – 2018 is gaining momentum 🙂 The show was a lot of Fun today – Thanks Dan & Sea Bass! Today is my wife’s birthday and she accompanied me to the studio (Happy Birthday!) People are really calling in this time of year excited about the coming Spring! We talked about a lot of thing today, as usual 🙂 We don’t set the conversation, it’s all in your court as to what to ask or say. Pretty cool huh? Anyway – here are a few things from today’s show –

  • We talked a little about a new pest in West Tn. – Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale. For many years these were one of the “Bullet Proof” plants that were so easy and pest free. But not anymore… There’s a new pest in town! I believe they were first spotted in Texas and have quickly spread into our state. I have attached a UT document on identification and control. I hope this helps! We need to get a handle on this quickly!
  • Time to trim/prune your Crepe Myrtles! But please – No “Crepe Murder” 🙂
  • Water Garden maintenance came up and we went over some needed supplies for your clean-out (water detox for your water change, new filter pads, cold temperature bacteria and water treatments and good fish nets that WON’T hurt or tear your Koi’s fins. Cool temp Food, soon I hope…
  •  Blue corn – what is it? I’m no expert, but I know that some blue corn is an open pollinated variety (non GMO) that is also know as Hopi maize. It’s grown in Mexico and points south. Its used mainly for grinding to make chips, tortillas, etc. The caller today said they had eaten blue popcorn and it was good. Pretty cool! We carry several varieties of heirloom seeds at the Nursery, to learn more come out one day and talk with Jo.
  • And yes, Dormant Oil came up again today! That’s Awesome! My callers are the best! Yes – apply now and mix as directed.

    Call in every Friday from 10-11am with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions – 731-423-8101. Your question just might get covered on here too 🙂

Enjoy the rest of this BEAUTIFUL day!


SPRING is Coming!

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