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Melaleuca Garden Solutions
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Many gardeners regularly pull out the bug spray
when they encounter an unknown insect. Everyone
should know that using pesticides can
potentially expose us to immediate or long term
health risks. For instance,
recent studies have linked pesticide
exposure to increase risk of Parkinson's
Before reaching for any insect remedy, determine
if and what kind of insect is eating your
plants. Ninety percent of insects are good bugs.
Beneficial insects help keep pests from causing
damage. 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. The problem with using harmful or
even safer pesticides is that they can eliminate
both good bugs and bad bugs.
Yet for those times when we need to focus on
eliminating a pest, or need a garden remedy,
Melaleuca Wellness Guide has
a chapter entitled: "Healthy Garden Solutions."
This chapter is based on suggestions shared by
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 with water. Oil sprays should not be used
on Blue Spruces. Citrus are also sensitive to
oil sprays. Your Cooperative Extension Agent can
recommend spraying times for citrus.
are tiny, slender, difficult-to-see little
insects that cause brown edges on flower buds.
Roses and peonies can be affected. Spray diluted
Tough & Tender on affected
flower buds. Rinse with fresh water.
are soft body insects that suck plant juices.
You will usually find them on new growth. Over
fertilizing can make for lots of tender new
growth that attracts aphids. Spray with diluted
Tough & Tender and rinse off
Black Sooty Mold
on Elm trees, or other susceptible trees, can be
reduced by spraying
Sol-U-Mel high into the tree. If
needed, use a power sprayer. Black Sooty Mold is
usually caused by aphid secretions as they feed
on leaves. The aphids produce sticky "honeydew"
that sometimes turns black. If you happen to
park your car under an affected tree you will
notice the sticky substance on your vehicle.
Ants harvest the honeydew. Sometimes honeydew
dripping is caused by scale insects. Scale
insects are harder to remove. But
Sol-U-Mel should help as the
scale insect does have periods of time before it
forms its hard scale when it is more vulnerable
to safer solutions. Natural predators such as
lady bugs eat aphids.
can be killed with
Tough & Tender. If ants are
making a little trail into your home, sometimes
just dusting them with clove spice or dropping
mint leaves on their trail will cause them to
decide your home is not so attractive after all.
In the yard, repeatedly spraying water on them
can make them decide to move to another part of
the yard. If you have fire ants, to kill them,
mix the following into a two gallon bucket of
water: 1 capful of
Tough & Tender,
capful of MelaMagic, 1 capful of
Sol-U-Mel, 1 capful of
& Tile, and always 10 drops of
Lemon Brite. Stir and pour half
of the bucket on the fire ant bed. Wait 30
minutes and pour on the other half. This kills
them "dead" and they won 't come back.
are prone to powdery white patches caused by
powdery mildew. Give Zinnias good air
circulation and avoid watering them from above.
If affected by powdery mildew, spray diluted
Sol-U-Mel directly on the leaves
of your zinnias. They will usually show
improvement in one day.
~ Richard M Barry
Melaleuca Garden Solutions
I have been a Melaleuca customer for almost five
years and the product that I use for the garden
is Tough & Tender. During the spring, summer and
fall months the ants are on the move and get
into everything, including the dog food dish. I
love Tough & Tender because I can spray it
around the dog dish without the harmful fumes of
other insecticides that may harm my most loved
pets. Tough & Tender kills ants almost
immediately and it is so inexpensive I can spray
to my heart's content without the worry of how
much I am spending. This product is less
expensive than the Dollar Store! Spraying in the
kitchen, when the ants have found their way in,
is just as wonderful. No harmful fumes around
food or grandchildren. Grandchildren are such a
blessing. Tough & Tender also combats scale on
my citrus tree and Blue Berry plants. Other
products leave a residue that I worry may be
absorbe d into the fruit. Not Tough & Tender.
The ingredients are able to penetrate the hard
outside surface of the scale which dries them
out and kills them. I have sprayed my entire
five foot lemon tree, leaves and all, without
damaging the tree. The next day after the Tough
& Tender has soaked into the scale and also
killed the ants which were taking care of the
scale, I spray the plant down with the garden
hose and the scale dirt and residue, which used
to leave stains on my lemon fruit, just washes
away leaving everything clean!
I love my Melaleuca products. I use PreSpot to
get rid of ants in and outside the house. Great
for killing flying ants and, if sprayed along
the edge of the doors, it repels the ants.
New landscaping, beautiful plants, until one
morning one of the plants was covered with
spider webs and bugs. My neighbor said I should
get a spray at the store. But I went in the
house and got the diluted Sol-U-Mel and sprayed
and sprayed the bush. I covered it with a 40
gallon plastic bag, anchored it with some rocks,
and when I came out the next morning, the plant
was beautiful. No bugs and no spider webs. That
was about 10 years ago and it is still beautiful
Of all the Melaleuca products, I love Tough &
Tender the most. It is just one product, yet it
has so many uses in my home. I live near a
jungle. Based on The Melaleuca Wellness Guide, I
not only use it for cleaning the kitchen
counters but also as an insect repellant and
pesticide. I have not found any other safe
natural pesticide. It works fantastic. It not
only kills insects like mosquitoes, flies,
spiders as big as a thumb, and termites
attacking our timber floor, but it is so safe
whenever we have to use it to kill the ants that
bite our children.
We LOVE Tough & Tender and it is a staple in our
house. Last year I went in the bathroom and to
my horror on the floor was a line of ants coming
from the closet to the tub. I heard that
MelaMagic works well but didn't have any at the
time so we used Tough & Tender and it worked
wonders. We sprayed in the closet and after a
day we had no more ant problem. Also we love the
wipes, having two small children they come in
quite handy. And they fit nicely in my purse.