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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 – The Rivers are Rising – Blue Sky’s Prevail! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

GREAT Show today with Dan Reaves & Sea Bass – The 180 Crew!

LOTS of comments today on the sheer amount of rainfall we have had this year… Over 20″ so far and we are just kicking off March! The rivers are mostly all at flood stage & they even called school out yesterday because of local flooding. BUT, just walk outside today and breath in some fresh air, look up into that bluebird sky and the feeling of Spring takes you. Blue sky’s have prevailed! 🙂 What a gorgeous start to what looks to be a ‘Perfect Weekend’!

Call in every Friday from 10-11am with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions – 731-423-8101. You can TEXT in too – 731-277-5155.

What happened on the show today? We had several calls and a TON of texts! We couldn’t get to all of them, but here are a few highlights –

  • Our own Sea Bass is going to try his hand at growing some peaches! He is going to plant some China Pearl peaches because they are his favorite! We will keep you posted …
  • We had some interest in getting a Gas Fire Pit with a “Cowboy Cooker” – that’s a removable grilling, cooking accessory that you can add to a Fire Pit.  We do install these and I hope the caller comes by and that I can help him further.
  • We talked about using Juniper as a groundcover on a sunny hillside that’s hard to mow.

And mainly that this is a great time to get out and catch up on gardening chores – trimming and pruning, weeding, aerating & overseeding lawn grass, fertilizing, mulching, spraying Dormant Oil, applying pre-emergent herbicides to your lawn and flower beds, etc…

Another great Friday show is in the books & I want to thank everyone who calls in and everyone who listens! You can Listen &/or call in with your questions every Friday from 10 – 11 am. at WNWS 101.5 FM in Jackson, TN. You can also listen on your smart phone on your TuneIn App.! This is a LIVE show and we appreciate your calls and questions! The number is 731-423-8101. You can also TEXT in your inquiries to 731-277-5155.

Now is the time! Spring is upon us…

Have a GREAT Weekend! Happy Pondering,

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



Friday Radio Report – The natives are restless…

Fridays are special! I love Fridays because not only are they the beginning of the weekend, Fridays are “Radio Day” for me 🙂 I LOVE siting in with Dan & Sea Bass & talking to everyone about Outdoor Living, Gardening, Water Gardening and the like!

Call in every Friday from 10-11am with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions – 731-423-8101. You can TEXT in too – 731-277-5155.

Spring is almost here and the Spring rains have started. So have the mosquitoes & the frogs (peepers) singing from the woods, the daffodils are up and starting to bloom & everyone is READY for Spring! I had loaded call lines for the entire hour and many great questions! We had several questions on the text line too – Thanks for all the interest!

Here are a couple of questions I thought I would post and answer from today’s show –

  • Lots of questions about trimming and pruning. Can I trim this or that? YES – its a great time to get out there and trim and prune your – Crepe Myrtles, fruit trees, ornamental trees & shade trees too, roses, shrubs, etc. Rake up real good after your trimming and pruning and touch up the mulch.
  • ALSO – apply Dormant Oil now. Make sure its not a day where temps will drop below freezing. Always follow label instructions.
  • More question on Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale – here’s a link to a page from UT about this new scale attacking our Crepe Myrtles – https://extension.tennessee.edu/madison/Documents/CMBS%20County%20Publication.pdf
  • Questions about Koi Pond Maintenance – Can I clean out my Koi Pond? YES – it’s time to get started doing your yearly pond clean out. There are some other posts on my blog about this that will help you out – a to do list, things to have on hand etc. It’s Time 🙂
  • When will it stop raining? GREAT question… Soon, I hope 🙂
  • And the trivia question today was – What was Johnny Appleseed’s real name???  Any guesses? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?  – Jonathan Chapman was his real name! John Chapman, called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. Born – September 26, 1774  Died – March 18, 1845

Another great Friday show is in the books & I want to thank everyone who calls in and everyone who listens! You can Listen &/or call in with your questions every Friday from 10 – 11 am. at WNWS 101.5 FM in Jackson, TN. You can also listen on your smart phone on your TuneIn App.! This is a LIVE show and we appreciate your calls and questions! The number is 731-423-8101. You can also TEXT in your inquiries to 731-277-5155.

Thanks! Have a GREAT weekend!

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


What can I do to help my fruit trees? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
February 1, 2018, 11:06 am
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Question : What can I do to help my fruit trees?

I did a short blog a few days ago to remind everyone that its a good time to apply dormant oil to your fruit trees. That led to several phone calls and conversations on what other things I need to do NOW… So I want to expound on that topic. I gave a slight mention of trimming and cleaning up around your fruit trees – but this is a big deal! here’s a short list of things to do right now –

  •  Trim/prune your fruit trees. Remove dead or diseased branches, crossing branches, touching or rubbing limbs, remove suckers, etc. Open them up a little and manage their size while pruning.
  • Clean up all trimmings and last years leaf matter etc. This is HUGE and will help in pest management!
  • Fertilize with an Organic fertilizer that is labeled for edibles.
  • Apply Dormant oil! Really wet it down from top to bottom and shake often to keep the oil emulsified in the sprayer.
  • Make sure you mulch! It will help stabilize the soil temp. & moisture level in the soil. PLUS – it will protect your tree from being damaged by mowers and string trimmers – the #1 reason for ornamental tree damage.

    This is one of my favorite fertilizers! Organic and your fruit tastes great! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

    Later in the season, use an organic spray on your trees to help produce beautiful, pest free fruit!

    Use a good fruit tree spray after the blooms fall to help produce pest free, delicious fruit.

Do these things over the next few weeks and expect a great year of homegrown fruit!

 

Dilly, Dilly 🙂

 

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


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