Chemical Applicators

Use separate sprayers for herbicides, pesticides, oil based sprays, etc. ALWAYS label sprayers so you do not mix different kinds of chemicals. Air-O-Matic Sprayer (For wide areas) Put in full strength chemical. Adjust dial to number of teaspoons per gallon. Attach hose and turn on water. Squeeze the trigger and the spray is mixed automatically. Compression/Tank […]

When and What to Apply

INSECTICIDE destroys insectsFUNGICIDE destroys fungusHERBICIDE destroys herbaceous plantsMITICIDE destroys mites Many of the controls for pests need to be done early, before the “pest” is visible. Most of the pesticides do not perform properly at temperatures below 50 degrees F, above 95 degrees F, or if it rains within 24 hours of application. If using on edible crops, look […]

Introduction to Fertilizers and Chemicals

Fertilizing doesn’t need to happen during the first month if the plant was purchased in a greenhouse. If the plant is a new seedling, wait a couple of weeks after sprouting to fertilize the plant. Beginning in the second month you can use just about any houseplant fertilizer for any plant. Watch for plant specific […]

Fertilizing Perennials

Fertilizers provide nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) for your plants. This is the NPK ratio that you will see on bags or packages of fertilizers (ex: 2(N)-2(P)-1(K)). Make sure you know your plant’s needs before dumping just anything on them. Beware not to over-fertilize, which will harm your plants. NITROGEN: “N” Boosts vegetative growth (leaves and […]