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How To Protect Plants From Insects & Disease

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Tree Information
how to protect plants from insects

There are some simple ways to protect your plants and reduce the chances of pests and disease. By performing some basic maintenance and caring for your plants they will be more healthy. Healthy plants are less likely to be affected by insects and disease.



How to Protect Plants From Insects & Disease

1. Keep your landscape clean and free from debris.

This is an especially important task in winter, in preparation for spring when all the creepy crawlies emerge hungry from their winter slumber. Some insect eggs are dormant in leaves and other dead plant material laying around in your yard. Yard debris can also house fungal spores. Remove yard waste and remove pests and disease with no chemicals or treatment needed.

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    2. Water at the base of plants to reduce fungal issues.

    Overhead watering can increase the likelihood of fungal infection in many plants. If you must use overhead watering, do it in the morning rather than night to ensure the water is able to evaporate off the leaves. 

      *For tropical plants that enjoy humidity, like citrus plants, overhead watering is a good thing.

      3. Keep your plants healthy.

      Pests and disease are more likely to attack weak plants. Understand the proper water, spacing, pruning, and fertilization requirements of your particular plants. 

        4. Plant plants that deter and even repel pests.

        Plants like chrysanthemum, rosemary, garlic, chives, and petunias repel unwanted insects that harm your plants. 


        5. Most natural insecticides only work when insects are present, but pepper spray can be effective in repelling some harmful insects. 


          6. Mulch is a great way to reduce watering needs and protect your plant’s roots.

          It can also be helpful in that it provides a home for beneficial insects (that eat other insects) too. Apply mulch properly by keeping it away from the trunk or branches of your shrubs and trees. Do not put mulch all the way up to your home or foundation.

            7. Choose pest and/or disease resistant plants especially when you know of an existing problem in your area.

            Seek out plants that are resistant to that particular issue. This is especially important with detrimental fungal diseases.

              8. Use products like neem oil or fungicides to prevent any recurrent diseases.

              Fungal infections can be difficult to eliminate. Prevention is the best course of action for this type of disease. Use pesticides to treat insects and miticides to treat mites. Pyrethrins, neem oil, soapy water, etc are natural insecticides. For fungal, pest, and mite control all-in-one product consider Ferti-lome.


                Ferti-lome Protects Plants from Disease and Treats Insects and Disease

                What is Ferti-lome? 


                Ferti-lome Triple Action Plus is an amazing dual purpose pest and disease control product that is safe to use on fruits, vegetables, and herbs up to the day of harvest. It is a miticide, pesticide, and fungicide three-in-one product. It contains pyrethrins and neem oil. Pyrethrins are naturally occurring pesticides that come from chrysanthemum flowers. They are effective against insects and much more gentle on the environment than harsh chemicals. Neem oil is also a naturally occurring product that comes from a tree. It is effective in preventing and treating fungal diseases. It also has effectiveness against treating soft bodied insect pests, as well as insect eggs and larvae.


                What Plants Can I Use Ferti-lome On? 

                You can use this product on just about any plant! We recommend it for citrus, fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs, flowering and evergreen shrubs, perennials, houseplants, rose bushes, and more. 


                What Pests Does This Product Treat?

                Ferti-lome kills all stages of ants, aphids, armyworms, beetles, cabbage worms, crickets, fleas, fungus gnats, Japanese beetles, leafhoppers, leaf miners, leaf rollers, loopers, mealybugs, scale, spider mites, squash bugs, squash vine borer, tent caterpillars, webworms, weevils, and whiteflies. 


                What Types of Fungus Does Ferti-lome Prevent and Control?

                Ferti-lome Triple Action Plus is effective at preventing and controlling anthracnose, black spot, botrytis, downy mildew, flower twig and tip blight, leaf spot, mildew, needle rust, rust, and scab. 


                How to Apply?

                Application is easy! Ferti-lome Triple Action Plus comes in an easy to use spray bottle. Shake well and spray the affected plant thoroughly, taking care to coat the undersides of leaves. Avoid use on stressed or wilted plants. For sensitive plants like ornamental olive trees and red maples, test a small area first. Avoid spraying the flowers of impatiens, fuchsia, hibiscus, and roses.


                How Often Should I Apply?

                For the prevention of disease, Ferti-lome should be sprayed every 1 to 2 weeks. If you know disease is present, use once weekly until the disease is under control. For best results, insect pests and mites should be treated in the earliest stages. For heavy infestations apply this product every 7 days. For minor bug problems use Ferti-lome every 2 weeks. 

                Be Safe.

                Avoid inhaling this product. Keep it away from water sources as it can be harmful to fish. Even though this product is safer than most pesticides, use caution when applying it. Keep pets and children away from this product and sprayed areas until they are dry.

                Now you know how to protect your plants from insects and disease. Follow these tips to lower your risk of pests and disease. To prevent disease and control insects, mites, and disease check out Ferti-lome Triple Action Plus.


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