Foliar Sprays

Are the leaves on your trees blotchy or full of holes? Are the leaves turning yellow and falling off? Your tree may have an insect problem or a fungal or bacterial disease. Foliar prays can help

Normally, a healthy tree or shrub is more than capable of fending off damaging insects. Trees that are stressed will have a lowered resistance and tend to come under attack from those insects and also from disease. Ultimately, the goal for any tree and shrub owner should be to have healthy plants. This can be achieved by following a Plant Health Care program that includes routine watering, fertilizing, and disease and insect prevention.

Bob Ray Co. Inc. utilizes a Plant Health Care program that controls damaging insects from further harming your trees and shrubs. Dormant Oil: An early horticultural, or Dormant, oil spray will protect your evergreen trees and shrubs throughout most of the growing season. A Dormant Oil spray is nontoxic to all plants, and is one of the easiest methods to protect your evergreens from spider mites, psyllids, bagworms, scale, and other damaging insects. Dormant Oil also has fungicidal properties in that it gives some protection from some endemic diseases.

Insecticide Spray: In hot, dry seasons, Bob Ray Co. suggests a follow-up treatment with an insecticide spray in midsummer to eradicate any remaining insects. Usually, though, an annual treatment with the Dormant Oil spray in mid- to late-Winter will provide protection needed for your trees and shrubs through the summer.

Fungicide Spray: Our fungicide sprays help to control anthracnose and powdery mildew, two fungal diseases that are endemic to the Kentucky/Indiana area and are found to attack our Dogwood, Apple, Sycamore trees, and several others, too. The treatment consists of spraying your trees and shrubs with 3 applications of fungicide, spaced 10-14 days apart, in the early to mid-Spring. The anthracnose can be controlled and prevented using this method.

Bacterial Spray: During the hot, dry summer months, many stressed trees are attacked by the bacterial disease, bacterial leaf scorch. Bacterial leaf scorch infects many trees, including many varieties of Oak and Maple, the Sycamore, Sweetgum, and Elm. Bacterial leaf scorch attacks the water-conducting tissues in a tree, which causes it to appear to be deficient in water. Several insects, including the leafhopper and treehopper, can spread Bacterial Leaf Scorch from an infected tree to a healthy tree. Fire blight is another bacterial disease that has many similar symptoms and characteristics of the Bacterial leaf scorch. For both bacterial diseases, Bob Ray Co. suggests treatment for these trees, as these diseases become worse when not treated.

Growth Inhibitor Spray: Some trees, including apples, cottonwoods, crabapples, flowering pears, horse chestnuts, maples, oaks, sweetgums, ginkgos, and sycamores, are prolific producers of fruit and/or flowering clusters that become a nuisance for the home and business owners. By spraying with a growth inhibitor, the volume of fruit and flowering clusters can be controlled. Timing and air temperature are critical, though, to control the fruit and flower development. Bob Ray Co. can spray these in the early Spring to alleviate most of the fruiting bodies and flowering clusters.

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Insecticide Sprays

Fungicide Sprays

Dormant Oil Sprays

Bactericide Sprays

Growth Regulator Sprays