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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 – https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2018-04-CMBSTaskForce.aspx

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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Friday Radio Report… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Fridays are special days when you spend them with the 180’ Crew! My beautiful wife, Jo joined us today LIVE on air to answer some questions and join in on the FUN!

Jo joined us LIVE on the air today! One word – FUN!

LOTS of calls and texts today!

Discussion included –

  •  It’s time to trim your crepe myrtles & deciduous shrubs and trees!
  • Question – How do I trim my Bradford Pears? Keep them branched up well & watch the weight of the overall tree – cabeling may be a helpful management tool…
  • Apply Dormant Oil to fruit trees and to Crepe Myrtles to help control CMBS
  • Pull lawn soil samples now
  • Apply lime to lawns
  • Almost time to start seeding fescue – in mid to late February, it’s on!
  • There are 30 “Live music events” in and around Jackson, TN this weekend! Wow!

Check out Eagle Fest at Reelfoot Lake! See all kinds of Eagles and all the natural beauty of majestic Reelfoot Lake! More info here – https://www.tnvacation.com/events/tiptonville-15th-annual-reelfoot-lake-eagle-festival

– Sonic Blast of the Past question to win a Sonic $10 gift card. – What is the main ingredient in Fun Dip? Answer – Sugar!! John H. Called in and won! The gift card is good at any 6 of our local Sonic locations! Congratulations! 

Great news! It’s warming up! 70 degrees Monday!

Thanks for all the calls and texts!!!

Remember – Spring is Coming! Have a Great Weekend!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am 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.!

 

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