rose chafer

BRIGHTCLOVERJune 9, 2012

HI.

WE HAVE TERRIBLE problems with rose chafers. I have sprayed with Dr. Bronner's to kill the adults as they are feeding and mating; it works.. .time consuming. coverings are helpful.

Has anyone used Surround on fruit trees, shrubs, blackberries, grapes. .etc? thanks

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I have used Surround on my veggies to protect against sun scald, heat stress, and chewing pests like Japanese beetles. It is widely used by commercial growers of many kinds of fruits and veggies.

I sprayed it on our Allee elm a few years back when the beetles were so bad and it worked like a charm. The only issue with using it on the ornamentals is that it's not the most attractive stuff for a few weeks.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 4:49PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I have used Surround on my veggies to protect against sun scald, heat stress, and chewing pests like Japanese beetles. It is widely used by commercial growers of many kinds of fruits and veggies.

I sprayed it on our Allee elm a few years back when the beetles were so bad and it worked like a charm. The only issue with using it on the ornamentals is that it's not the most attractive stuff for a few weeks.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 4:50PM
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BRIGHTCLOVER

thank you. do you have a favorite or cheaper place to buy it? i just returned from another smushing session, and it's kind of nauseating.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 6:48PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If you have an agricultural supply outlet in your town, or a co-op, you might give them a call.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:33PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Surround is one brand name for a mixture of kaolin clay that is sprayable. There may be others, or you might be able to just purchase some Kaolin clay and mix your own.

Here is a link that might be useful: About Kaolin Clay

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:07AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You cannot mix your own clay and expect it to do what the commercial product does, kimmsr. This kaolin has been through manufacturing processes that make it work. It's light, refined, it breathes, it adheres, it allows light to penetrate. When mixed with water, it is sprayable with little agitating.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 1:31PM
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