It was a tough growing season for Tennessee farmers this year beginning with floods in May and again in August. Yet, it was the summer’s excessive heat and drought conditions that caused the most damage for farmers reporting crop losses ranging from 30 to 50 percent.

 

 

IPM is not a single pest control method, but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls.  In practice, landscapers and growers are aware of the potential threat of pest infestation that occur with various plants at different times of the year, and follow a four step approach to effectively and safely control harmful pests.

Cold days of winter have arrived and plants are now dormant.  Puryear Farms recommends December as the time to begin spraying dormant oil to help control over-wintering insects on everything from fruit trees to lilacs. Dormant oil will help ensure your landscape remains healthy and bursting with abundant colors next Spring.