At Simply Natural we continue to use the neem tree as an integral part of our bio-pest control solutions. For those of you who are not overly familiar with the neem tree, we wanted to share some interesting facts about this extraordinary tree that is planted as a protective barrier all around the plantations.
- The NEEM tree (Azadirachta indica) is a tropical evergreen tree.
- In India, neem is known as “the village pharmacy” because of its healing versatility.
- Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree and has insecticidal and medicinal properties.
- Neem seed cake (residue of neem seeds after oil extraction) when used for soil amendment or added to soil, not only enriches the soil with organic matter but also lowers nitrogen losses by inhibiting nitrification.
- Neem oil is an excellent tool for controlling plant pests and diseases. Many researches have shown that the spray solution of neem oil helps to control common pests like white flies, aphids, scales, mealy bugs, spider mites, locusts, thrips, and Japanese beetles, etc.
- Neem oil also works as a fungicide and helps control powdery mildew.
- One of the main ingredients in neem seed oil is Azadirachtin that works as an insect growth regulator, thus preventing the larval stage to molt into an adult.
- As neem is very bitter in taste, it also works as an antifeedant thus making the leaves sprayed with it very distasteful for the bugs to eat, and the bugs choose to starve themselves than eat the leaves treated with neem.
- Neem oil is bio-degradable and has proven to be non-toxic to mammals, birds, bees or earthworms. It is biodegradable and breaks down easily and quickly.
- Neem has also proven to be not harmful to adult beneficial insects, since it primarily affects only plant sap-sucking insects, which feed upon the treated plants.
|*2 year old neem tree protective barrier with the Simply Natural signature white picket fence in the background|