Protect Your Plants

Top 10 Pest & Disease Solutions

1

Control Cutworms and Caterpillars


Save Your Seedlings.


 

When you discover the spotted or striped bodies of cutworm caterpillars chewing their way through the dainty green stems of your burgeoning vegetable garden, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer.

 

Though these pests may seem hard to remove from the garden, it can be done using this lightweight garden sprayer. With an easy-to-fill glass container, the PreGro Plant Sprayer gives you the option to use any organic insecticide or natural pesticide you choose. DIY insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils, such as cottonseed and soybean oil, can be used to quickly mix up a cost-effective solution at home.

 

Once your solution has been properly diluted, pour it into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Before you spray the affected plants in your garden, clear away any weeds or dead plant material where cutworm eggs might be hidden. Once the eggs are gone, focus on removing the cutworm larvae that are doing the worst damage to your plants.

You Will Need:

  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Metal pot with a lid
  • Cutting board
  • Flat metal spatula (no slots)
  • Quart-sized pitcher
  • A slotted spoon, strainer, fine sieve or cheesecloth

DIY Recipe for Controlling Cutworms and Catepillars

 

DIRECTIONS

To quickly and easily get the cloves out of the garlic bulb, simply place the entire bulb in a metal pot. Holding the lid tightly to the pot, shake the pot vigorously. As the garlic is shaken inside the metal pot, the cloves will simply come loose from the bulb. Remove the separated cloves from the pot and place on a cutting board. To remove the skins from the garlic cloves,make sure the cloves are sitting near each other and use a flat metal spatula to put a good amount of pressure on the cloves. Listen to the “crunching” sound as the garlic cloves split open. Finish peeling the skins away from the garlic and toss the fresh, aromatic cloves into a quart-sized pitcher.

 

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2 cups of boiling water to the pitcher. Let the crushed garlic cloves, vegetable oil and water sit overnight. The next day, use a slotted spoon, strainer, fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove the garlic cloves from the liquid. All solids must be removed in order to ensure optimal performance from the PreGro Plant Sprayer.

 

Once the garlic cloves have been removed from the liquid, add 1 tablespoon of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the liquid. Pour this solution into the easy-to-fill glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle.

 

Important Tips

Once your solution has been properly diluted, pour it into the glass spray bottle. Before you spray the affected plants in your garden, clear away any weeds or dead plant material where cutworm eggs might be hidden. Once the eggs are gone, focus on removing the cutworm larvae that are doing the worst damage to your cucumber and other plants.

 

  • Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution on your affected plants in the early morning or evening since a hot or sunny day will cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.

The PreGro Plant Sprayer

Atomizes up to 18 oz., which covers up to 120 square feet.

Easy to control, this portable hand-held garden sprayer enables you to deliver a continuous and uniform spray to only those plants most affected by unwanted pests.

2

Identify and Remove Aphids


Pinpoint Your Pests.


 

Aphids are annoying when you realize they are attacking your plants. These little sap-suckers destroy trees, shrubs, fruit and vegetable plants by consuming all the juices from the leaves, vines, stems, and blossoms. Seeing the curling leaves of your plants can make your stomach churn with the challenge of controlling an aphid infestation.

 

Once you identify which type of aphids may be causing trouble, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. This lightweight garden sprayer is ideal for fighting aphid infestations in a variety of plant types, including fruit trees in your home garden.

 

The PreGro Plant Sprayer is easy to control and gives you the option to use any organic insecticide or natural pesticide that works best for the specific aphid species you are dealing with. Make a home-made organic pesticide at a very low cost and pour the liquid solution into the easy-to-fill glass container. Then use this portable hand-held garden sprayer to deliver a continuous and uniform spray to the leaves, blossoms, stems, trunks, branches, or vines of your affected plants or fruit trees.

You Will Need:

  • ½ Pound of Artemesia fronds; same as Wormwood leaves
  • 3 quarts boiling water
  • 1 gallon mixing bucket
  • Metal pot with a lid
  • Cutting board
  • A fine sieve or cheesecloth
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Remove Aphids with Wormwood Tea

 

Directions

Coarsely chop the strong-smelling wormwood leaves and scrape them from the chopping board into your pot. Add 2 pints of water and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 30 minutes. While you allow that liquid to cool, pour 4 pints of fresh water into a gallon mixing bucket. Use a fine sieve or cheesecloth to strain ALL the leaves from the hot water in your pot. Dilute the 2 pints of hot wormwood tea by pouring it into the gallon bucket containing the 4 pints of fresh water. Use this solution by pouring it into the easy-to-fill glass container of the PreGro Plant Sprayer. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle.

3

Clear Away Cabbage Maggot Flies


Fight the Flies. Eliminate the Larvae.


 

If you notice damage on your seedlings, stunted growth of a mature plant, or wilted leaves with a blue tint in color, you may be dealing with cabbage maggot flies or their underground larvae. The quarter-inch long, cream colored larvae are usually discovered in the roots after the plants have been harvested, so the best way to control cabbage maggot larvae is to fight the flies and prevent them from laying eggs at the base of your plants.

 

Protect your broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, carrots, beets, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips with the PreGro Plant Sprayer. This lightweight garden sprayer will help you target those pesky cabbage maggot flies, which look very similar to the common housefly.

 

Cost-effective solutions can be easily mixed at home and quickly poured into the easy-to-fill glass container. To target cabbage maggot flies specifically, consider using neem oil in your solution. Non-toxic to people and animals, this natural ingredient is safe to use on home-grown vegetables and leaves no dangerous residue in your soil.

You Will Need:

  • 1 teaspoon neem oil
  • 1 quart of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Quart or gallon-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Control Cabbage Maggot Flies

 

Directions

Combine neem oil with warm water in pitcher and give it a quick stir. Then add 1 tablespoon of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the liquid. Pour this solution into the easy-to-fill glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Spray the neem oil at the base of the plant within 45 minutes of mixing the solution. The neem oil should work its way through a plant’s vascular system and will be introduced to the pests during feeding. Natural compounds within the neem oil should cause the pests to stop feeding, interfere with mating, and prevent the larvae from maturing. Use the neem oil once a week to control these pests.

 

Important Tips:

  • Solution is not effective for plants that are weakened by drought or overwatering.
  • Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution on your affected plants in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.
4

Get Rid of Garden Weeds


Wreak Havoc on Your Weeds.


 

We hate weeds because they are uninvited guests in our gardens. They steal valuable moisture and nutrients from your soil as well as take up space that robs your plants from the essential sunlight they need to thrive. Whether you are dealing with dandelions, ragweed, or crabgrass, the PreGro Plant Sprayer helps you handle annoying weeds.

 

When simply pulling a weed is not an option, like in the case of poison ivy, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. This lightweight garden sprayer utilizes an easy-to-fill glass container which allows you to use a natural home-made weed killing solution. Home-made solutions are inexpensive to mix, use mostly natural ingredients, and can be quite effective at removing invasive plants.

 

You Will Need:

  • 1 quart distilled white vinegar; 5% solution
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Quart or gallon-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Weaken Weeds

 

Directions

To your quart of distilled white vinegar, add one teaspoon of non-bleach liquid dish soap. Stir solution for a quick minute, then pour into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. The PreGro Plant Sprayer gives you the ability to spray ONLY the leaves of the weeds to avoid getting this highly acidic solution on your other plants.

 

Important Tips:

  • Use a 5% vinegar solution to minimize damage to surrounding plants.
  • Spray on a warm, sunny day to burn the leaves faster.
  • Excessive use of vinegar can make soil more acidic. Changes in soil pH can be more harmful to the plants than vinegar itself.
5

Recognize and Treat Black Rot


Give Black Rot the Boot.


 

Shriveled berries are not a good sign if you are growing grapes. Neither are dark spotty circles on your grape leaves. These are two indicators that your grape vines may be suffering from black rot, which is a common fungal disease for plants that grow in hot, humid weather. Other plants that have been affected by black rot include apple and pear trees as well as cabbage, broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflower, kale, turnip, and brussel sprouts.

 

If you discover mummified fruit or shriveled veggies in addition to darkly colored lesions on the leaves of your plants, grab your pruning equipment and PreGro Plant Sprayer. This lightweight garden sprayer enables you to deliver a continuous and uniform spray to thoroughly suppress the spores that are infecting your vegetation.

 

Before using the PreGro Plant Sprayer, remove all the ruined fruit or vegetables as well as any spotted leaves. Mix up a cost-effective home-made fungicide and pour into the easy-to-fill glass container. Use the easy-to-control PreGro Plant Sprayer to drench the shoots, leaves, stems, tendrils, and the fruit or vegetables. For grape vines specifically, spray the vines when the new shoots are 2 inches to 4 inches long, when they are 10 inches to 15 inches long, right before bloom, right after bloom, and when the grapes have set.

You Will Need:

  • ½ cup organic low-fat milk
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Half-gallon or gallon-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Combat Black Rot

 

Directions

Using a half-gallon or gallon-sized pitcher, combine ½ cup organic low-fat milk with 1 quart of warm water. Add 3 drops of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the mixture and give it a quick stir before pouring into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Heavily douse the entire plant with this solution. Spray the affected areas every week until you see the black rot diminish, but stop spraying when the fruit or vegetables begin to ripen to avoid leaving a milk residue on the surface.

 

Important Tips:

  • Spray your milk-based fungicide on both affected and healthy plants to ensure fungus spores do not spread.
  • Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution on your affected plants in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.

The PreGro Plant Sprayer

Atomizes up to 18 oz., which covers up to 120 square feet.

Easy to control, this portable hand-held garden sprayer enables you to deliver a continuous and uniform spray to only those plants most affected by unwanted pests.

6

Identification and Intervention of Damping Off


Deter Damping Off.


 

“Damping Off” is a term which refers to seedlings that are stifled from growing into healthy plants. If you notice your seedlings are wilting, withering, or becoming discolored, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. If your seedling stems are rotting at the soil line, your seedlings might be suffering from a fungal disease, such as root rot or mold.

 

For a quick and cost-effective solution, mix up a natural fungicide at home and use your homemade solution to help stop your seedlings from damping off. Easy to control, the PreGro Plant Sprayer enables you to deliver a continuous and uniform spray to the soil. Using this lightweight garden sprayer will allow you to thoroughly drench the soil with natural fungicide, helping kill off any fungus or mold that may be affecting your seedlings.

You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 quart of water
  • Quart-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Divert Damping Off

 

Directions

Using a quart-sized pitcher, add 1 tablespoon of 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart of water. Give the solution a quick stir before pouring the liquid into the glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Make sure to spray at the base of the roots, thoroughly dousing the soil.

 

Important Tips:

  • Test your homemade solution on a small collection of sprouting seedlings to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.
7

Distinguish and Treat Black Spot


Rescue Your Roses.


 

Recognizing black spot on roses tends to be easy because the fungal spores create tiny black spots on the foliage. When left untreated, the black spot spores infect the plant, causing the leaves to turn a sickly yellow color and fall to the ground.

 

If you are battling black spot on your rose bushes, ready your pruning gear and grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. Before using this portable, hand-held sprayer, clear the ground of all the diseased leaves and remove the spotted leaves from the shrubbery. After pruning, apply a paste made of ground cinnamon and cooking oil to the freshly cut plant tissue to help seal the wounds.

 

Mix up your own home-made fungicide, which can be an effective low-cost solution for treating black spot. Pour your organic fungicidal solution into the easy-to-fill glass container.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Quart-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Battle Black Spot

 

Directions

Using a quart-sized pitcher, combine 1 cup organic whole milk with 2 cups of warm water. Add 3 drops of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the mixture and give it a quick stir before pouring into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Thoroughly drench the rose bushes with your milk-based fungicide, making sure to spray both the top and bottom of the leaves. Spray the roses once a week until you see the black spot diminish.

 

Important Tips:

  • Spray once a week on both affected and healthy roses to make sure fungus spores do not spread.
  • Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution on your affected plants in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.
8

Understand and Fight Blight


Give Your Plants a Fighting Chance.


 

Blight is bad, but it can be prevented. There are two types of blight, which tend to most commonly affect tomato and potato plants. Late blight kills plants outright and is easy to identify as plant material becomes completely blackened. Late blight is a highly contagious fungus that disperses spores through the wind, so it is very important to prevent late blight. Once a plant is infected, it must be destroyed.

 

If you see dark brown spots on the leaves of your tomato plants, you might have just detected early blight. To prevent those spots from becoming larger and causing the leaves to turn yellow and die, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. This lightweight garden sprayer utilizes an easy-to-fill glass container which allows you to use any liquid fungicide you choose. Mix up a home-made solution with inexpensive, natural ingredients, which can be quite effective at combatting early blight.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Quart-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Help Prevent Blight

 

Directions

Using a quart-sized pitcher, combine 1 cup organic whole milk with 2 cups of warm water. Add 3 drops of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the mixture and give it a quick stir before pouring into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Thoroughly drench your tomato or potato plants with your milk-based fungicide, spraying both healthy and affected vegetation once a week to make sure fungus spores do not spread throughout your garden.

 

Important Tips:

  • Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the liquid to heat up and burn the plant material.
9

Pinpoint and Protect Plants from Powdery Mildew


Thwart the Mildew. Fight the Fungus.


 

If you know which plants are most susceptible to powdery mildew, you can be prepared to prevent this fungus from attacking your flowers, fruits and vegetables. Though roses, lilacs, phlox, and zinnias are most sensitive to this disease, powdery mildew can also damage your cucumbers, melons, squash, beans, and grapes. While powdery mildew is not likely to kill your plants, it is very important to control this fungus once you realize it has entered your garden.

 

If you notice a fine white or grey powder on the leaves of your plants, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. For a quick and cost-effective solution, mix up an all-natural, home-made fungicide and pour it into the easy-to-fill glass container. Use this lightweight garden sprayer to help prevent powdery mildew from forming or control the fungus once it has started attacking your plants.

You Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) organic whole milk
  • 1.5 cups (12 oz.) warm water
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Quart-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Prevent Powdery Mildew

 

Directions

Using a quart-sized pitcher, combine 3/4 cup organic whole milk with one and a half cups of warm water. Add 3 drops of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the mixture and give it a quick stir. Then pour the 18 oz. milk-based fungicide into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Thoroughly drench your plants with your milk-based fungicide, making sure to spray both the top and bottom of the leaves as well as the blooms, fruits, or vegetables. Spray the plants once a week, thoroughly dousing both affected and healthy plants to prevent fungus spores from spreading.

 

Important Tips:

  • If you make more than 18 oz. of a milk-based fungicide, use the entire batch of solution right away. DO NOT STORE the excess milk-based fungicide for use at a later time.
  • Test your homemade fungicide on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural solution on your plants in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.
  • Stop spraying when the fruit or vegetables begin to ripen to avoid leaving a milk residue on the surface.
10

Battle the Beetles


Protect Your Plants.


 

There are ‘good’ bugs that prey upon pests in your garden and there are ‘bad’ bugs that do damage to your flowers, fruits and vegetables. When you spot a shiny body and wings, try to determine if the beetle in your garden is a helpful bug or a harmful pest. While there are a total of 68 beetle species that have been identified in North America, there are five specific beetles that you do not want to discover in your garden (reference the chart below).

 

If you are dealing with a bad beetle that is chewing holes in your leaves, defoliating your plants or ruining your vegetable crop, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer. Use this lightweight garden sprayer to remove these pests from your garden. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes an easy-to-fill glass container, which gives you the option to use any organic insecticide or natural pesticide you choose. Quickly mix up a cost-effective solution at home using organic, all-natural recipes.

You Will Need:

  • 1 teaspoon neem oil
  • 1 quart of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
  • Quart or gallon-sized pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • PreGro Plant Sprayer

DIY Recipe to Battle Beetles

 

Directions

Combine neem oil with warm water in pitcher and give it a quick stir. Then add 1 tablespoon of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the liquid. Pour this solution into the easy-to-fill glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle. Spray the neem oil at the base of the plant within 45 minutes of mixing the solution. The neem oil should work its way through a plant’s vascular system and will be introduced to the beetles during feeding. Natural compounds within the neem oil should cause the beetles to stop feeding, interfere with mating, and prevent the larvae from maturing. Use the neem oil once a week to control pesky beetles.

 

Important Tips:

  • Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the pesticide is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
  • Spray this natural insecticide on your affected plants in the early morning or evening so a hot or sunny day will not cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.

 

Beetle Identification

NameAppearanceDamage
Japanese beetle metallic blue/green; bronze wing covers skeletonize leaves & defoliate vegetables, flowers, & small fruit
Mexican bean beetle oval, yellow/brown; black spotted wing covers defoliates lima beans, snap beans, and soybeans
Flea beetles oval, dark; jump like fleas small, round holes chewed in leaves of young vegetable plants
Tarnished plant bug mottled green or brown; black & yellow forewings stunts flowers, fruits and vegetables; wilts/distorts leaves and fruit
Colorado potato beetle yellow/orange; black striped wing covers Defoliates/kills potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, petunias

The PreGro Plant Sprayer

Atomizes up to 18 oz., which covers up to 120 square feet.

Easy to control, this portable hand-held garden sprayer enables you to deliver a continuous and uniform spray to only those plants most affected by unwanted pests.