Fruit Tree Grease is used on older fruit trees with ridged bark where Greasebands are not so effective, because pests can crawl under the band.
Each 200g pot of grease is enough to protect 1-2 mature trees (it depends how thick the trunk is) for a year.
Like Greasebands, Fruit Tree Grease is used for two main reasons. The first is to trap a wide variety of winter moths before they can lay their eggs on fruit trees. The wingless females climb fruit trees in early winter from November onwards to lay their eggs near dormant fruit and leaf buds. When these hatch, the caterpillars eat leaves and fruit. A band of fruit tree grease (which is extremely sticky) around the trunk of the tree above grass and weed height either deters or traps them
Fruit tree grease also catches in earwigs in spring and summer and prevent ants from farming and protecting aphids and scale insects.
Using Fruit Tree Grease against Winter Moths
Full instructions are on every pot of fruit tree grease, but put simply a ring of grease is smeared around the trunk of each tree so that crawling insects are prevented from climbing the tree to lay their eggs. They stick in the grease and die.
Fruit Tree Grease and Earwigs and Ants
To trap earwigs, ants and other crawling pests, you can apply fruit tree grease in exactly the same way, but between May and September.
Each pot of Vitax Fruit Tree Grease contains 200g of extremely sticky "grease". We recommend that you use our Greasebands instead for younger trees with smooth bark.
In addition to the pot contents you will need an old kitchen knife or an old, small painting brush. There is no pesticide involved (the grease is based on rapeseed oil) so our fruit tree grease can be used by organic growers as well as with other methods of control.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.