Sunday, January 29, 2012

ROSE GARDENING TIPS - LIME SULFUR AS PREVENTIVE SPRAY

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In spring after you have finished pruning your roses to the desired look, you should spray all the bare canes and the surrounding soil with Lime Sulfur.  Be sure to spray both the tops and undersides of the foliage and spray the ground as well.  Lime sulfur is a fungicide that will kill any disease spores like blackspots, anthracnose and other overwintering fungi which is the objective.  It will also kill insects that have survived the freezing temperatures in winter. 

Read the label for recommended dosage.  This concoction is quite gritty and will clog the best sprayer tip you have and is quite smelly too.  I have used Lime Sulfur once years ago and it clogged my sprayer.  I didn’t like the smell of it too so I stopped using it.  Some rosarians strain through an old pair of pantyhose or even better – mix it in an old blender if you have one.  Use it only for chemicals in the garden.  Please wear protective gear for safety reason.  Be sure to wear old clothes, gloves, eye protection and the like.  Hit the puree button and stand back! 

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