Early Spring Recommended Products

April 4, 2022 | |

Pre-Emergent and Hi-Yield Dormant Spray 

Spring has sprung! Have you been checking off your March gardening to-do list? We recommend different products throughout the year to help you get the most out of your gardens. We have two products that we know will benefit you and up your gardening game. Check them out: 

Ferti-lome Dormant Spray

What is Dormant Spray?

Dormant Spray is made up of Paraffinic Oil and water and is for use on ornamental trees, shrubs, fruit trees, and shade trees.

How Does It Work?

They are used to control pests and insects on trees and shrubs by covering leaves and limb surfaces, killing insects and insect eggs. They aren’t toxic or harmful to helpful pollinators because it dissipates quickly before pollinators arrive later in the spring. It’s also safe to use around children and pets. 

What Pests Does It Work On?

Dormant spray is effective on aphids, mealybugs, thrips, whiteflies, adelgids, leafhoppers, mites, and more! It is the most effective on young insects so the timing is important. Mature insect pests are harder to get rid of. 

When Should You Apply Dormant Spray?

As the name implies, you should use it when your tree or shrub is dormant but the buds are swollen and about to break open. Depending on which Dormant Spray you use, there are other factors that can affect its effectiveness so be sure to read the label. Our favorite dormant spray is the ferti-lome Hi-Yield Dormant Spray and you shouldn’t use it if the temperatures exceed 85 degrees. Typically try to avoid spraying on hot, sunny days or when the temperature is close to freezing. Ideal conditions for spraying are 40-70 degrees. If the buds have already opened, do not use it as it will impact the development of fruit and will adversely affect pollination.


What is Pre-Emergent?

Pre-emergent is a herbicide that kills unwanted weeds and plants. As the name suggests, it works before the weeds have begun to sprout. It prevents seeds from developing, but will not affect plants that already have roots growing.  As such,  once the weeds have started growing, pre-emergent will not be effective (though, if you pull the weeds and then apply it, it will work for the prevention of new seed development).

How Does It Work?

Pre-emergent creates a protective layer in the soil. It contains chemicals that prevent seed development. As weed seeds begin to germinate, the roots will hit the protective layer. As it is a herbicide the product will prevent it from continuing its growth. You will never see the starts peeking through the soil!!

When Should You Apply Pre-Emergent?

As we mentioned pre-emergent should be applied before weeds start to emerge from the ground. Weeds have different germination periods, but the end of March or early in April will have the best effect.  It’s better to apply it too early than too late. Apply pre-emergent evenly to the needed area and then water it in to solidify the protective layer. 

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Other useful links and resources:

Garden Plant Helleborus: The First Blooms of Spring

5 Things to do While Waiting for Spring