Protect Them During Cooler Temperatures
The most important thing you can do in your garden during the cooler months is to go into protect mode. Your fruit trees can become susceptible to peach leaf curl, blight and other damaging diseases. And your delicate outdoor plants, such as hibiscus, azaleas, gardenias and bougainvillea can perish during a hard frost.
Our recommendations for protecting your Fruit Trees:
Once your fruit trees fall dormant (leafless), you will want to spray 3 separate times during the dormant season, a minimum of 30 days apart.
- Spray 1 - Mid to Late November
- Spray 2 - New Year's Day
- Spray 3 - Valentine's Day
Bonide Copper Fungicide - Organically treats brown rot, black spot, blotch, downy and powdery mildew, fire blight, leaf spot, peach leaf curl, rust and scab.
Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Spray Oil - is the organic option to all insect pests. Superior type paraffinic oil for use as a growing season spray, dormant spray (no leaves) or delayed dormant (green tip) spray. Controls overwintering eggs of insects such as aphids, leaf roller, codling moth and more. Can be used on fruit trees, shade trees, shrubs, ornamentals, roses and vegetables. Safe and pleasant to use.
When spraying, follow these helpful tips:
- Apply Copper Fungicide a minimum of 24 hours before oil treatment but up to two weeks after
- On a day without wind
- Early in the day
- 24 hours or more before expected rain
- Sprays should be reapplied after significant rains
- Last spray should be early February, around the Super Bowl!
- ALWAYS before bud break - NEVER after (Bud-break usually occurs mid-Feb. when temperatures begin to warm)
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Recommendations for protecting your delicate plants during cooler temps and potential frosts:
Thankfully in this day and age, we hear about potential frost warnings in our areas before it's too late. Heck there are even apps, such as ColdSnap that can alert us in advance. The importance then falls on the types of products we keep on hand to protect during the cooler temps.
For the greatest protection against frost, we recommend that you use a combination of Wilt-Stop and a frost protection blanket or bag. Be sure to pay special attention to your sub-tropical plants such as hibiscus, canna, bougainvillea and some jasmine. They are the most susceptible to damage if not protected. And at a minimum, you should water all of your plants when a potential frost is expected. A well hydrated plant is less likely to suffer from cold damage.
Gardeneer Harvest Guard Plant Protection Bag- Cold eather protective cover for shrubs and potted plants. Helps to protect shrubs and smaller trees from cold weather. Prevents against frost, snow and ice from damaging or overloading branches.
Easy Gardener Plant Protecting Blanket - Medium weight fabric that provides 6 to 8 degrees of frost protection
Bonide Wilt Stop - Anti-transpirant plant protector. Reduces moisture loss when plants are under stress. Prevents winter kill, wind burn, sunscald, salt damage and drying out. Helps reduce transplant shock.
If you have questions about these products or additional measures you can take to protect your garden during cooler months, stop by your local SummerWinds Nursery to speak with one of our Trusted Garden Advisors! At SummerWinds, We Guarantee Success!