It is a rare experience indeed. The week just past has been most welcome, albeit surprising. I hope you have availed yourself of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Personally, I have been able to do little else. All office projects have come to a standstill this week. I simply could not stay indoors with weather so perfect. The timing has been right for many outdoor endeavors. If your schedule did not permit you to work in the yard, be not dismayed. You will have many more chances.
Logically, successful results in any project in the out-of-doors are largely dependent upon cooperating weather conditions. Developing a plan of attack for dealing with whatever lies ahead for you in the garden is a vital key to that success. Too often plans are made with only optimal weather conditions in mind. Frequently the weather will not be agreeable. Other times, when the weather is right, something else comes up. Learning to play the odds in your favor will ensure that your priorities get done and you’re not left with dealing with negative consequences.
Most projects have a window of opportunity, where timing and conditions are most favorable. That is not to say there is not wiggle room on most endeavors in the landscape, however most winter projects normally come down to having things ready when the weather is permitting.
A frequently overlooked winter project is spraying with dormant oil. Dormant oil is the most beneficial, least hazardous, greatest bang-for-the-buck treatment for smaller trees and shrubbery that any homeowner can do. Dormant oil kills many chewing and sucking pests in the organic garden, including aphids, scale, whiteflies, fruit moths, and all kinds of mites. When you combine dormant oil with good gardening practices, it will control many damaging insects.
As a means of pest control, dormant oil’s effectiveness comes from its ability to form a suffocating film over insects and their eggs. This mode of extermination means that harmful chemicals, which can affect humans and wildlife, aren’t necessary.