Spray Your Problems Away
Believe it or not, you really can keep your plants healthy and growing at peak levels by using your sprayer. The secret is to spray the right ingredients with the right sprayer at the right time.
Growth Products' Nursery Foliar Spray Program for Container and Field Applications, shown in part below, is a great place to start. This spray program complements a grower's regular soil fertility program and gives amazing results.
Increasing Growth, Decreasing Disease
Spraying with a tank mix of only four Growth Products ingredients, either with or without a conventional fungicide, on 7- to 14-day intervals repeatedly results in healthier container grown and field grown shrubs and trees of all sorts. The basic mix consists of Essential Plus 1-0-1, Companion Biological Fungicide, "TKO" Phosphite 0-29-26 (OR Recover Rx 3-18-18), and Micrel Total.
The Right Sprayer and the Right Timing
The importance of selecting the right sprayer – or simply of switching to a more effective nozzles on your current sprayer – is explained in a Nursery Magazine article by Heping Zhu and Randy Zondag. By consulting the article or talking to your spray equipment dealer, you can select the best equipment for your individual situation.
As for timing, Growth Products' foliar spray mix is best applied in the early morning or in the earlier evening, throughout the growing season. At times, you may want to include an additional nutrition spray. In early fall, apply Nitro 22 22-0-0 (1 quart to ½ gallon per acre). This will set up a tree or shrub's carbohydrate storage to give it a ready food source as it emerges from dormancy next spring.
Remember, a sprayer isn't just a tool for spreading traditional pesticides – it can be an effective nutrition and disease prevention tool, too.