When Can I Apply Nematodes?

March 15, 2017 | All About Nematodes

Spring is on the way!

Now that most parts of the country are slowly inching out of winter and into spring, you may be thinking about your garden. Beneficial nematodes are a great, natural alternative for insect pest control. Perhaps you are interested in buying nematodes, or have already purchased them to use to defend your spring plants; so, when can you apply them? It is true that beneficial nematodes are temperature sensitive, so proper (and timely) application is critical.

The ideal time to apply nematodes is dependent on a number of factors including the type of nematode (BioLogic sells 3 different species of nematodes), the pest(s) being targeted and soil conditions. In general, you can apply nematodes in early spring once the soil is no longer frozen. We recommend applying at dusk, to protect the nematodes from UV light and drying out. Water the area to be treated well both before and after nematode application. Also, be sure to keep nematodes refrigerated until you are ready to use them, and apply by the “use by” date.

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We are excited to get out and garden, and hope you are too!