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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Lime, Sulphur, and Salt.—Winter Wash

Lime, Sulphur, and Salt.—Winter Wash.

This is a wash that cannot be too largely used by our fruitgrowers throughout the colony—indeed, it may be said that if every deciduous fruit-tree throughout the land received a thorough dressing with this wash every winter, fully one-half of our insect and fungus pests would he reduced to such a minimum as to cause the fruit-grower practically no loss. It clears the tree from growth of moss and lichens, destroys scale, and larva) and eggs of many insects, also the spores of many fungi. Ingredients :—
Quicklime 40lb.
Sulphur 20lb.
Salt 15lb.
Water 60gals.

First boil 20lb. lime and 20lb. sulphur in 20 gals, water until both lime and sulphur are dissolved. This will require about an hour's boiling. When sufficiently done the mixture will be of an amber colour. The remainder of the lime should then be slacked in a barrel with hot water; add the salt, and stir up briskly. Mix the two lots together with enough water to make up 60 gals., which will then be a thin white wash. Strain, and apply hot, if possible, with coarse spray nozzle.