The Melaleuca Wellness Guide: Hints, Tips, & Stories


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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 disease.

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, The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has a chapter entitled: "Healthy Garden Solutions." This chapter is based on suggestions shared by our readers.

Note: 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.

Thrips 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.

Aphids 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 with water.

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.

Ants can be killed with PreSpot, Sol-U-Mel, or 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, 1 capful of MelaMagic, 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel, 1 capful of Tub & 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.

Zinnias 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
Success Stories

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!

~ Renee

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.

~ Carol

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 today.

~ Grayce

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.

~ Ling

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.

~ Michelle