I’m sure that you’ve already heard that you can use neem oil for gardening, but do you know how to use it properly? And most importantly, do you know when and where to use it?
This is what I’m going to answer in this post.
First, why is neem oil so beneficial when it comes to gardening?
Because it contains a very powerful chemical called azadirachtin, it’s the one responsible for killing bacteria, germs, funguses, and most importantly insects that are probably making your garden look horrible.
The second thing you need to understand is that neem oil can never be used as a fertilizer.
I’ve read in many posts that people are going to use neem oil for their gardening purposes as a fertilizer, this is simply a waste of valuable resources, and it would never work.
You have to understand that neem oil is very rich in azadirachtin, and as such, it can help you get rid of so many dangerous insects, bugs, ticks, fleas, funguses, and even mites, however it doesn’t contain minerals and nutrients for your soil so, don’t count on it as a fertilizer!
Is neem oil going to kill valuable insects in your garden?
No, neem oil is only going to get rid of “suckling” insects, the ones that are going to suck your plants from their juices, however, the ones that are going to feed on these insects are not going to be harmed since they do not ingest azadirachtin into their system.
Is using neem oil for gardening dangerous on your health?
As far as neem oil’s toxicity, it’s almost nonexistent, and azadirachtin is easily degraded in the environment, it will disappear if exposed to sunlight and outside elements within just 100 hours.
Read this post to know more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadirachtin#Occurrence_and_use
And when it comes to human consumption, azadirachtin is not toxic at all because neem oil and other neem products have been consumed by humans for probably thousands of years and our digestive and immune systems accept its components very easily and healthily.
How to use neem oil for gardening?
The first and most important step you have to take is to always use a sprayer and to dilute neem oil in water.
Most of my friends have used pure neem oil directly on their plants, this has caused nothing, but it’s wasted a valuable resource.
For me, the best ratio is 50/50 percent of neem oil and water, while also adding two tablespoons of ground organic soap; it’s going to help neem oil mix with water much more easily.
Try to blend this mixture a little and then start spraying your plants using neem oil for at least once every 3 to 5 days.
Can you buy neem oil especially designed for gardening?
Of course you can, there are many brands and many products used nowadays that contains neem oil that are especially designed for gardening, to which other essential oils have been added, these products tend to be very efficient , in fact much more efficient than homemade recipes, but they also tend to cost much more.