Plant-damaging insects in New Jersey hate Tamke Tree Experts. That’s because the company specializes in effective pest and fungus control. Since 1968 Tamke has been controlling insect problems and preserving healthy trees and shrubs. They now service thousands of residential and corporate customers from their headquarters in Liberty Corner, N.J. Tamke also offers pruning, timber stand improvement, tree fertilization, hazard tree analysis and tree removal services.
Tamke is one of the first companies in New Jersey to meet all the qualifications for accreditation by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
Tamke uses Petro-Canada’s PureSpray 10E. “We only select the best products for insect and disease management and Petro-Canada’s PureSpray 10E is one of them,” said Chris Hunt, Tamke’s general manager, New Jersey Certified Tree Expert and ISA Certified Arborist. Hunt switched to PureSpray 10E in 2006 because he wanted a spray oil that would provide effective pest control. He also wanted a spray material that would not only minimize phytotoxicity but would be virtually non-toxic to the environment. “We don’t want to risk the chance of a phytotoxic reaction or spend money on plant replacements.”
Mix rates and dilution ratios can prove to be daunting. A mixture too rich exposes you to potential risk of plant phytotoxicity. Tamke’s applicators enjoy working with PureSpray 10E and say that it is a much easier product to work with, compared to other oils on the market. “We really like the packaging – the 2-1/2-gallon containers are easy to transport and help to ensure accurate measurements,” said Hunt.
Purity of a spray oil is measured by testing its Unsulphonated Residue (UR). This test measures the amount of oil that does not react with sulphuric acid. PureSpray 10E lists a 99% minimum UR, which is a very high level of purity.
Petro-Canada’s PureSpray 10E spray oil is scientifically proven through field tests to work as well as (or better than) chemical pesticides. Because its mode of action is suffocation, it provides a broad spectrum of insect and fungus control with one spray. In addition, PureSpray 10E is non-toxic, clear, colorless, odorless and free of aromatics and carcinogens.
Tamke uses PureSpray 10E during spring and fall applications. Hunt refers to these application periods as controlled chaos because there is basically a four-week timeframe to complete approximately 1,000 sprays.
Hunt doesn’t have to worry about his spray oil performance anymore.
“We are very happy with PureSpray 10E,” said Hunt. “Going into our third year using the product we have not had any phytotoxic reactions. During these three years we have sprayed during some humid weather having very favorable results. PureSpray 10E does a great job at eliminating harmful insects, while helping to preserve and protect valuable trees and shrubs.”