Here’s a follow up from our trimming your backyard apple tree blog , on making your own homemade apple tree spray. I’m hoping, as I begin writing this blog, that the tree spraying adventure goes a little smoother than the tree trimming experience (I promise I am going to stay calm, cool, and collected).
There are three great reasons for making your own spray; first, you most likely have the ingredients in your house making it very economical to make (both time and money); second, you have complete control of what spray ingredients get applied to the tree; and third (the best part), there is no harsh chemical residue left on the tree or in the soil under the tree.
You need 6 basic ingredients to make your apple tree spray: canola oil, cinnamon oil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, dish detergent and water (The one ingredient I was missing was the cinnamon oil, this is easy to make at home). Here’s the link.
After mixing up the ingredients as instructed, pour in a small gallon sprayer. Notice the labeled sprayer. Living on the farm has taught me to label my sprayer. It is amazing how sprayers, shovels, and hoses disappear from the garage.
Next, spray the entire tree to control overwintering of pests (mites, mealy bugs, whiteflies). Start spraying from the base of the tree and continue to the ends of the branches. Spray each branch until completely covered with spray (it does not need to be dripping) .
This spray should be applied every two weeks, or reapplied after a heavy rain throughout the summer. For more information on controlling apple insects, check out our insect control recipe on page 29 in our book, “Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World™”.
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