How to Safely Use Pesticides


If you have a fruit tree, you want to try everything possible to eradicate all diseases and pests from afflicting your tree and your fruit. The best way to do this is with the use of chemicals. The thought of this understandably scares people, thinking that it will affect their fruit, and thus their own bodies. However, if everything is conducted properly, the chemicals will not affect the tree itself or the fruit. Handheld pumps and hose sprayers are the two ways to spray chemicals.

Spray pumps are mostly good because you can see the level of chemical mixing. However, they do not allow you to spray the chemicals far; using the pump will not allow the spray to reach the top of the tree. The hose sprayer is excellent for reaching high places that the pump will not. Yet with the hose sprayer, there is no way of knowing once the chemicals have been mixed the way they should. Hose sprayers work by using the water pressure to adequately mix the chemicals. The only problem with this is that the water pressure can vary; one day it may be high, but the next day it could be low. So if the water pressure is too low, that means the amount of chemicals will be too high. These chemicals are extremely strong and need to be thoroughly diluted before being safe enough to use.

If you do decide to use these chemicals, it is crucial that you follow exactly the instructions on the packet. The packet will most likely advise you to use the appropriate protective gear. Rubber gloves are necessary so that the chemicals will not get on your skin. Remember that you will be dealing with extremely dangerous chemicals so the instructions and warnings must be carefully considered. Also, you will not be able to estimate the chemical and water amounts. Everything must be exact otherwise the mixture will be either too strong and kill the tree, or too weak and not kill any pests. The best way to do the mixing is to add the chemicals first, then add the water last.

When it is finally time to spray, you will want to spray the same amount over every area. It is best to use a ladder in order to get the harder to reach areas. Once you begin, spray in a sweeping fashion over every part of the tree, but do not go over the same area more than once. This will make the leaves drip with the mixture, which means you have applied too much.

If your tree is very large and developed, place the ladder under the tree and spray inward to outward. Once you have sprayed this portion, you can then come out from under the tree and spray the rest of it. When you have finished spraying, thoroughly wash off all the equipment used, including your gloves and clothes. Do not add in these clothes with the rest of your laundry.

The most important thing to remember when spraying the tree is to not spray too much. If the tree drips, the chemicals penetrate the ground and could travel from the roots of the tree to the fruit itself. As long as you follow the guidelines, your tree will be healthy and your fruits will be delicious and safe.

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About the Author: Greenery always attracts Arthur Kunkle. He has a big garden where he plants many fruits and vegetables. His passion for gardening motivates him to write and share different tips on gardening.

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