Preventing Pests and Creating Smaller Gardens
The Benefits of Our Dormant Oil Spray
As winter starts to wind down and our landscapes come back to life with the return of spring, it is the optimal time to protect roses, fruit trees, and ornamental shrubs from the harmful effects of mites, aphids, and other pests before they have a chance to hatch and start damaging your plantings. Early intervention with an application of Gerbert & Sons’ dormant oil spray is a safe and effective treatment to control these pests by coating and thereby suffocating their overwintering fungal spores and eggs, without leaving a toxic residue that would harm other beneficial insects or the environment. Our experts will determine which of your shrubs and trees would benefit from this preventive oil spray and the best time for our professional application to ensure a healthy return of spring’s natural beauty to your property.
The Wonders of Smaller Gardens
Our previous blog highlighted the benefits of a backyard vegetable garden for your health and overall well-being, but perhaps you might feel more comfortable starting out on a smaller scale. There are many options that provide the joys of gardening without requiring planting directly into the ground. A popular trend is vertical gardening, growing upwards rather than outwards and artfully using your available space. Whether hanging on a trellis or an existing wall, or attached to a free-standing frame, vertical gardens showcase colors and textures and are limited only by your imagination. Container gardens are another great alternative for fresh herbs, healing plants, and many vegetables such as tomatoes. These can range from a large pot on the patio, to planter boxes hanging from deck railing, or herb gardens on the window sill. Because of their manageable sizes, these smaller options are a wonderful way to introduce children to the magic of gardening, following the progress of their plants as they come to life in front of their eyes.
Give Gerbert & Sons a call at (203) 324-3817 for more information on our dormant oil spray and ways we can help introduce you to the wonderful world of gardening.
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