Many gardeners regularly pull out the bug spray or weed killer when they encounter an unknown insect, or want to clear out some weeds. Everyone should know that using pesticides can potentially expose us to immediate and long term health risks. For instance, recent studies have linked pesticide exposure to increased risk of Parkinson's disease.
The fact that some pesticides are hormone disrupters raises the possibility that pesticides might be a factor in hormone related diseases. Researchers have found a connection between endometriosis risk and two pesticides. Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects up to 10% of reproductive-age women.
As for weed-killers, researchers have discovered that one of the "inert" ingredients in a glyphosate weed killer can kill human cells. This research comes after many years of assurance that this weed killer was safe. Scientific American reviews the controversy.
Before reaching for any type of bug killer, first determine if and what kind of insect is eating your plants. Ninety percent of insects are good bugs. Beneficial insects help control insect pests. To attract and maintain a population of beneficial insects we need flowers like yarrows, dill, and cilantro which provide nectar and pollen. Planting fragrant plants such as herbs, marigolds, and nasturtiums help confuse and repel pests. Pesticides sometimes kill both good bugs and bad bugs.
For those times when we need to focus on eliminating a pest, or need a garden remedy, The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has a chapter entitled: "Healthy Garden Solutions." When using any kind of spray, test the results by spraying a few leaves and waiting a couple of days to see if any damage occurs. To prevent damage, avoid applying sprays during the heat of the day. Irrigate drought-stressed plants thoroughly before applying any kind of spray. Since soft body insects like aphids and thrips are killed on contact, after applying a spray rinse plants with water.
Conversely try spraying individual weeds on a hot sunny day with a stronger dilution of Tough & Tender or MelaMagic. Wait two or three days before reapplying. Some weeds take time to dry out and die.
~ Richard M Barry
From The Melaleuca Wellness Guide "Healthy Garden Solutions" chapter.
Spray for aphids, spider mites and fungus on roses and other plants with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of Nature's Cleanse and 16 ounces of water. This can be sprayed on the plants daily if needed.
An alternate solution would be to use Sol-U-Mel to get rid of aphids on your roses. Mix it a little stronger than is recommended on the bottle.
It has also been suggested that a 3% solution of Tough & Tender is very effective for killing aphids and stopping the onset of mildew on rose bushes without damaging the plants.
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I spray diluted Sol-U-Mel on my rose bush to get rid of aphids, and also spray it on my hostas to keep bugs from eating holes in them. I also sprayed my patio chairs in the places that earwigs like to hide and they never came back all summer.
Gardens love Melaleuca! The first year that I put in my garden I read in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide how Tough & Tender made a great fertilizer for tomato plants. There is a whole section on how to use Melaleuca products for our gardens and plants. I used it as directed and my plants were huge! I regularly spray my entire garden with diluted Sol-U-Mel to ward off pesky bugs, and make a spray with a teaspoon of Lemon Brite, teaspoon of Sol-U-Mel, some garlic, cayenne and vegetable oil to spray for slugs and fungus. People always ask me what my secret is, as all the plants seem to do better after being sprayed with the Sol-U-Mel. I tell my customers that they can wash the floor and pour the water in their garden! Really, they ask me? Yes, I say, they are safe and your garden will be amazing! I also spray diluted Sol-U-Mel on myself to keep away mosquitoes and black flies while I work in the garden and especially when I go berry picking in the bush. I am so happy that I have something safe that I can use! Thank you Melaleuca and The Melaleuca Wellness Guide!
I LOVE using Melaleuca products when I work in the yard or garden...whether as an insect repellant for my body, ant killer, or insect killer on plants. Last summer, it seemed like overnight, aphids attacked my tomato plants and infested them. I grabbed my diluted Sol-U-Mel (1 oz per spray bottle) and started spraying. I love the smell so that was so pleasant, but I also didn't have to worry about getting it all over my hands and arms and inhaling toxic fumes. Immediately the bugs died. I applied the Sol-U-Mel a couple of days later to the bugs I missed and had no more problems with aphids. I love your chapter on Healthy Garden Solutions in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and I look forward to your newsletters each week. Please keep them coming.
For a safer garden, I use undiluted PreSpot to get rid of ants. I also spray Tough & Tender on all the rose bushes.
I love Melaleuca's safe products! The Melaleuca Wellness Guide is so valuable when I need some answers for different problems! It is extremely helpful! As a gardener, I am thankful to spray my fruit trees with diluted Lemon Brite dish detergent to protect against bugs. With my sprayer in hand, it is also an opportunity to share with my neighbors about how important it is that this is not toxic for them and us, and it works! A solution of Lemon Brite was also helpful last summer with an infestation of immature potato beetles. For aphids in the garden, for example broccoli-cabbage crops, I like to use diluted Tough &Tender. It is important to be persistent to follow up and check inside leaves to make sure the aphids are all cleaned up.