Landscaping Tips for Home Owners and Garden Lovers



Things to Use for Fighting Plant Enemies

The devices and implements used for fighting plant enemies fall into these two basic groups:

(1) those used to provide
mechanical protection to the plants;

(2) those used to
apply insecticides and fungicides.

Of the first, the most useful is a
covered frame, often called a cold frame. It consists usually of a wooden box, some eighteen inches to two feet square and about eight inches high, covered with glass, protecting cloth, mosquito netting or mosquito wire.
 cold frame for seedlings
The first two coverings have the additional advantage of retaining heat and protecting from cold, making it possible to plant seedlings earlier than is otherwise safe.

They are used extensively in getting an extra early and safe start with cucumbers, melons and the other vine vegetables.

Simpler devices for protecting newly-set plants from cut-worms, such as tomatoes or cabbage, are stiff tin, cardboard or tar paper collars, made several inches high and large enough to fit around the stem and penetrate an inch or so into the soil.

Tools for applying poison powders.

Pump sprayer for pest control
An important tool for the home gardener is a powder gun. Better still and more convenient and versatile is a hand-powered, compressed-air sprayer. They are used for applying wet insecticide sprays, and should have mist-making nozzles the non-clog able automatic type being the best.

For more extensive work, a barrel pump, mounted on wheels, would be desirable, but any one of these sprayers will do a great deal of work in little time. Extension pipes for use in spraying trees and vines can be obtained for either, making the spraying task even easier.

For operations on a very small scale a good hand-syringe could be used, but as a general thing it will be best to invest a few dollars more and get a small tank sprayer, as this throws a continuous stream or spray and holds a much larger amount of the spraying solution.

Whatever type you purchase, one made of brass will out-wear three or four of those made of cheaper metal, which succumbs very quickly to the corroding action of the strong poisons and chemicals used in them.

Safety glasses provide important eye ptotection while doing any home landscapingEye and skin protection are very important, and spraying of powders and liquid chemicals are best done safely when the air is relatively quiet.
Exercise caution when pets or other people are in the area.


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