I wish the attached photo was just something I pulled off the internet, but it’s not. This is a plant on my front deck. It’s August, and aphids have taken over my potted flowers.
Plants that were beautiful and thriving a few short weeks ago when summer was just getting underway can quickly be harmed or even destroyed by pests as summer peaks. Fruit, flowers, and veggies begin to mature and ripen and that attracts bugs…a lot of bugs. In general, I’m a fan of insects – but I don’t like pests eating my food before I get a chance to! If you feel the same way, visit us at High Desert Ranch & Home for advice and a great selection of pest control products.
We have several conventional insecticide products from Sevin and Gordon’s that are ready-to-use and effective for lawn and garden pest control. And we feature many organic bug killers if you prefer a natural approach to pest control for your lawn and garden. EcoSmart and our other organic pest control products are all listed as safe for use on veggies and fruit. Here are a couple favorites recommended by Joel (our on-staff gardening expert):
Azatrol Hydro Botanical Insecticide: This organic product’s active ingredient works similar to neem oil (which we also carry) but because it does not have neem oil, there is less leaf burn.
Monterey Garden Insect Spray: This product is a must-try. It introduces a relatively new chemistry for insect control, where the active ingredient (Spinosad) is produced by natural fermentation. Spinosad was discovered from soil in an abandoned rum distillery in 1982. (How cool is that? Ya gotta love biology). Make sure that you – not bugs – enjoy the fruits of your labor this summer. Arm yourself with crop protection products from High Desert Ranch & Home now!
Joel’s Lawn & Garden Tip: Always apply treatment to plants in the early morning or evening, never in the heat of the day. This applies to watering, too!
The Science Behind It: Stomata, the pores on plant leaves, are open during the coolest time of the day when sunlight is not stimulating food production through photosynthesis. Pores absorb water vapor and dew and can absorb foliar spray easily during the cool hours. Leaves release water vapor during the heat of the day, interfering with absorption of foliar feeding or pest control sprays.