If you are using natural insecticides in your garden, you are definitely going to love neem oil. It has many uses for your garden, taking care of your plants and acting efficiently on your plants’ pests. Neem oil is a natural substance that has the smell and taste of garlic and/or sulfur. You can safely use it at home when you are taking care of your garden products. Thus, if I caught your attention, keep reading and see the most beneficial neem oil uses in your garden.
1. Use Neem oil as a soil drench
You should use neem oil as a soil drench, it works amazing as a systemic insecticide. When applying it, the plant roots will draw the neem oil up into its vascular system. Thus, this oil will get into the plant structure and it will keep the pests away. The little insects will get a dose of this oil and it will eliminate them immediately.
Furthermore, to use this oil as a drench, simply mix it up with water to make a spray and saturate the soil around your most affected plant. However, make sure you water them first for a better treatment with the oil. Drenching the soil with neem oil you will spread the solution throughout the plant. That way, you could get rid of thrips and scale.
Moreover, when you add the neem oil to your plant’s structure, it will also fight fungal and bacterial infection. It will get you rid of any fungus disease issues and also rotten roots. Thus, the neem oil will also act below the ground by eliminating nematode worms or other soil organisms, without harming the beneficial earthworms.
2. Use Neem oil for plant fungus infections
As I mentioned before, neem oil is also great to fight plant fungus infection. To get this right, you should use the oil in a mild, 1% solution. That would be enough to treat any plant fungal infections such as black spots, powdery mildew, rotten roots, rust, or sooty mold.
It is highly effective on fruit trees and roses, as a foliar spray. Furthermore, because it is a non-toxic and thus safe natural solution, the oil will be an exceptional alternative for getting rid of veggies fungus. Thus, if you face problems with your tomatoes and melons, this would be the most beneficial for their fungal infections.
However, you should also remember that in a very hot environment, it must be applied more frequently to be effective. Also, don’t forget to use only small concentrations for delicate plants. Thus, try to start out with the mildest solution and go higher from there. You need to see how the plant reacts first and then you can use a stronger solution.
3. Use Neem oil with horticultural oil
Last but not least, combine neem oil with horticultural oil and you will get a powerhouse solution for your garden. These oils are perfect for fruit trees and food-producing crops. For example, you can use this combination to crops late in the autumn to reduce the insect pests infection in the spring. The oils are not toxic and they will work better combined against larvae, smothering pests, and eggs.
The mixture will interfere with insect pests’ ability to reproduce. Thus, it will stop the development of insect eggs upon contact.
Furthermore, for the fruit trees, simply add a tablespoonful of neem oil to each quart of horticultural oil you use. After mixing them thoroughly, start spraying the trees completely. Make sure you insist more on knots and forks and remove the dead branches before winter so they won’t harbor pests.
There you have them, amazing and beneficial uses of neem oil you should consider for your garden. You can use it for pests, fungus infection or as a soil drench, it is quite a powerhouse ingredients to have.