Sign wrapped around an ash tree warning of potential emerald ash borer damage

By August 9, 2017Articles

Sign wrapped around an ash tree warning of potential emerald ash borer damage

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer If you have ever heard the term “systemic pesticide,” you may have wondered what it means. This is actually an important thing to know to prevent accidental hazards in the garden. It’s also important to know how to use a systemic insecticide should such use be warranted. What is a Systemic Pesticide? A systemic pesticide is any pesticide that is absorbed into a plant and distributed throughout its tissues, reaching the plant’s stem, leaves, roots, and any fruits or flowers. Systemic pesticides are water-soluble, so they easily move throughout a plant as it absorbs water and transports it to its tissues. Typically, these chemicals are applied to soil and taken up through plants’ roots; less commonly, they are applied to foliage or injected into tree trunks. Systemic insecticides are specifically those that target insects. Some of the most commonly used systemic insecticides

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