If you have Pecan and Fruit Trees on your property, be prepared now to apply a dormant spray to your trees. A dormant spray is best applied when there are no leaves on the trees. The dormant season spray will kill or control scale insect and mite eggs. This will get your trees off to great start for the season.
You may ask what is the difference between dormant oil spray and horticulture oil?
Dormant oil sprays are refined from petroleum oil with the impurities filtered out. These older dormant oils, however, have been replaced with more refined, light-weight oils that can be applied to plant foliage year-round without damage. Dormant oil now refers to the time of application rather than to any characteristic type of oil.
Horticulture Oils are new formulations labeled to be used, usually at a reduced rate, during the growing season. These are generally listed as horticultural, ultrafine or summer oils. Horticultural oils are safe, and effective plus they have the benefit of not harming beneficial insects.
To print off your own Homeowner’s Fruit and Nut Spray Guide, visit the Texas A&M Extension here.
If you need info about proper application of pesticides, Tarrant County Agrilife Extension Service is offering an upcoming training course:
Private Pesticide Applicator Training
Private Applicator Training Wednesday January 13, 2016 8 am to Noon
Due to TDA regulation changes, no testing will be offered after the training. Information on testing locations will be available at the training. Cost of the training is $50 which includes all materials. Any agriculture producer or land owner who applies restricted use pesticides to their own property needs a private pesticide applicator license and may participate.
Pre-Registration is required by 12 noon on Monday, January 11th.
Tarrant County Extension Office
200 Taylor St Suite 500
Fort Worth, TX 76196-0123