When is the best time to spray my flowers, shrubs and trees?
- There are 3 factors to remember about spraying: wind, temperature and rain/sprinklers.
- Best to spray when there is little or no wind.
- The best temperature range to spray is between 35 and 90 degrees F.
- Plants must be dry to spray and need at least 2 hours to dry. Once dry, it is okay if they get wet. Our product has stickers in the formula designed to keep the spray on your plants during rain or snow.
- Sprinklers present a special issue. If you use a sprinkler system on a regular basis, you should spray plants more often. Our repellent spray is designed to wear off over time.
What Plants Should I Spray?
- In the summer, Hosta are number 1 on the list. Tasty, juicy and grows fast. What more does a deer need! So spray often.
- Next would be buds on most types of lilies. Keep an eye on your sedums and rose bushes.
- Late summer, watch your Hydrangea, Montauk Daisies and Phlox.
- Winter plants deer enjoy include: Arborvitaes, Rhododendrons of all types, Euonymus, Yews, all Hollies.
For more information on what plants are more deer resistant than others, visit the Rutgers website at: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance
- When developing your landscaping you should consider your surroundings and the potential for damage from deer. If you have a specific questions on a particular plant in your area, feel free to give us a call.
When Should I Spray?
- In the summer, we recommend spraying every 5 to 6 weeks, depending on how much rain you receive. If you have a sprinkler system, then we suggest spraying every 2 weeks.
- Because plants grow rapidly during the summer, we suggest you spray flower buds and new growth at least once a week until they mature. Deer seem to enjoy all types of lily buds and hosta more than any other plants during the summer.
- The winter requires less diligence. Plants become dormant so time between spray applications is longer. We spray between 6 and 7 weeks. Occasionally, you may have to add a spray if you see deer foraging on your plants.
- Remember, if deer are starving, they will eat, regardless of spray or what may be called “deer resistant” plants.
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