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Dormant oil spray and painted trunks

Posted by steve333 z6 CO Mountains (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 6, 12 at 14:42

So for the first time this last fall (and some into the winter) I painted the trunks of my fruit trees with 50/50 white latex paint. Seems to have helped reduce sunscald losses, but won't know for sure until things leaf out, which is not for another few weeks up here.

But I now have a question about dormant oil spray. Does the paint serve the same purpose (smothering any insect eggs) on the trunks of the trees as the oils spray would? Or should I spray the oil anyway? Any concerns about sealing the bark too well with oil and paint?

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RE: Dormant oil spray and painted trunks

The paint might help if you painted everything but that's not likely. So I'd still spray oil and not worry about the combination hurting anything.

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