Horticultural Oil

One of the great things about living in our century is that there are pest-control products available that are non-toxic for you and your family. Horticultural oil is one of them. It’s a safe, time-tested practice that’s been around far longer than today’s strong pesticides.

Horticultural oils are comprised of certain oils that are mixed with an emulsifying agent. When combined with water, they can be sprayed to control lawn and garden pests such as aphids, mites, scale insects, whiteflies, and others.

There are two kinds of horticultural oil. Dormant oils are used on woody plants during the dormant season. Summer (or folar) oils are applied during the growing season, when your plants have foliage. There’s no chance that horticultural oils can lead to insect resistance, because they work by dehydrating and/or suffocating insects and their eggs.

On the other hand, for the safety of your plants, horticultural oils must be sprayed only at certain times and in certain amounts. Otherwise, you risk injuring your plants. Some plants are more sensitive than others.

Find out when it’s right time for you to apply horticultural oil to your plants in and around Williamsburg, VA! We’ll let you know.

Our illustration, which is an 1897 line drawing entitled Cryptorhynchus lapathi (a Willow pest) is from the Library of Congress. The original caption: 1. Beetle 2. Section of infested wood 3. Larva 4. Pupa (dorsal view) 5. Pupa (side view)

 
 

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Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!

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We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

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Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.

 

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We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

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Hertzler and George were contracted to perform some landscaping for a seller of mine to get the home ready to show. They had just finished an extensive re-landscaping of the next door neighbors entire yard. I was very impressed by their attention to detail and their desire to satisfy their client. Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile to achieve complete client satisfaction. They provide a complete mix of landscaping design services and maintenance of existing landscaping

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