When Times Are Tough….Neem Oil!

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This spring at the Garden Spot, we’re proud to be carrying a new more environmentally-friendly product called Neem Oil from Bonide.

What in the world is “Neem Oil”?

Neem oil is a vegetable oil that is expressed from the fruit and seeds of Azadirachta Indica or “Neem” trees. These evergreens are native to the Indian subcontinent and are also known as the “Indian Lilac” because of their fragrant white flowers.

Why would I use it?

Neem oil in its pure form is a broad-spectrum botanical pesticide and fungicide. Gardeners use neem oil to control a variety of issues including black spot, powdery mildew, rust, spider mites, aphids, and whiteflies among other things. It is quite effective as a preventative spray, or “dormant” spray from roughly November through February.

Along with pure neem oil, the Garden Spot also carries “Bon-Neem”. This is a solution of neem oil suspended in water. Since this formulation is less harsh, it is useful for vegetable gardeners and those growing edibles in general.

How do I apply it?

Both our Neem Oil and our “Bon-Neem” products come in a convenient spray bottle. You’ll want to use caution when applying this product, while it is safer than many products, it is toxic and can cause skin irritation. Follow the attached instructions carefully, as they will change depending on what issue you are treating.

Where do I get it?

You’ll find neem oil in our “plant health” section of the store, come by anytime with any questions you may have. This product is a great option for gardeners who would like grow “greener”.

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