Guarda is a highly effective EPA-registered thyme oil fungicide/bactericide. The active ingredient in thyme oil is thymol, which volatizes in the environment. This can cause thyme-based products to quickly become ineffective, but Guarda solves that problem. It's powered by a proprietary stabilization method, HOLDit® Technology, that reduces the volatility of the thymol and maintains its contact with the target disease organisms to maximize efficacy of the application.
Thyme oil is a potent antifungal and antibacterial that controls plant pathogens through multiple modes of action: cell wall destruction, telomerase inhibition, and cell membrane damage leading to loss of cytoplasmic content and ergosterol depletion. The control that Guarda offers is not systemic but does provide some translaminar protection.
Plants that are not stressed by disease can produce greater yields of high-quality crops. Additional advantages of Guards include:
- Tested and proven to be an excellent choice for IPM (see label for more details)
- MRL/tolerance exempt and approved for use without restrictions
- Provides up to 14 days of residual activity
- 0-hour REI (Restricted Entry Interval) and 0-day PHI (Pre-Harvest Interval)
- Tank-mix compatible with most agrichemicals
Can be applied to: Artichokes, Asparagus, Bushberries and Caneberries, Bulb Vegetables, Cereal Grains, Citrus Crops, Cole Crops (Brassicas), Corn, Cotton, Cucurbits, Fruiting Vegetables, Grapes, Grass Seed, Hops, Leafy Vegetable Crops, Legumes/Vegetables, Mint and Other Herbs/Spices, Oil Seed Crops, Olives, Ornamental Grasses, Ornamentals (Herbaceous and Woody), Peanuts, Pome Fruits, Root/Tuber/Corm Crops, Soybeans, Stone Fruits, Strawberries, Sugar Beets, Sugarcane, Tobacco, Tree Nut Crops, Tropical Fruits and Turfgrass.
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This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases:
Alternaria spp., Anthracnose (Colletotrichum spp.), Ascochyta Blight (Ascochyta spp.), Bacterial Blast (Pseudomonas syringae), Bacterial Blight, Bacterial Canker (Pseudomonas syringae and Xanthomonas spp. ), Bacterial Speck (Pseudomonas syringe pv. glycinea), Bacterial Streak, Bentgrass /Bermudagrass Dead Spot, (Ophiosphaerella EP #1stis), Bermudagrass Decline (Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis), Black Spot (Guignardia citricarpa and Phyllosticta citricarpa), Blue Mold (Peronospora tabacina), Boll Rot (Glomeria spp.), Botrytis spp., Brown Rot, (Pseudomonas syringe pv. glycinea), Brown Spot (Septoria glycines), Cercospora (Cercospora spp.), Diplodia Boll Rot (Diplodia spp.), Downy Mildew, Eastern Filburt Blight (Anisogramma anomala), Erwinia spp,. Eutypa (Eutypa lata), Eye Spot (Aureobasidium zeae), Fruit Rot, Fusarium spp., Greasy Spot (Mycosphaerella citri), Gummy Stem Blight (Didymella bryoniae), Late Blight (Septoria apiicola), Leaf Blotch (Septoria spp.), Leaf Rust (Tranzschelia discolor), Leaf Smuts, Melanose (Diaporthe citri), Leaf Spots (multiple spp.), Mummy Berry (Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi), Northern Leaf Blight (Exserohilum turcicum), Olive Knot (Pseudomonas savastanoi), Onion Downy Mildew (Peronospora destructor), Phoma Blights & rots (Phoma spp.), Pin Rot Complex (Alternaria/Xanthomonas), Pink Rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum), Pod and Stem Blight (Diaporthe phaseolorum var. sojae, Phomopsis longicola), Postbloom Fruit Drop (Colletotrichum acutatum), Powdery Mildew, Phytophthora spp., Pythium spp., Rice Blast (Pyricularia grisea), Rhizoctonia spp., Rusts (Puccinia spp.), Scab (multiple spp.), Sclerotinia Head and Leaf Drop, Sheath Blight (Thanatephorus cucumeris), Shot Hole (Wilsonomyces carpophilus), Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis), Smut (Tilletia barclayana), Southern Leaf Blight (Cochliobolus heterostrophus), Spur Blight (Didymella spp., Phoma spp.), Stem Rot (Sclerotium oryzae), Stemphyllium Leaf Blight, Sour Rot (multiple spp.), Target Spot (Corynespora cassiicola), Turf and Ornamental Grass Diseases (multiple species), Twig Blight, Verticillium spp, White Mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum), White Rust (Albugo occidentalis), Xanthomonas spp. For a more detailed list, please refer to the manufacturer's label under the DOCS tab.
- Guarda can be applied in the following ways: chemigation (all types), pre-plant dip, soil drench, shanked-in or soil injection, in-furrow spray.
- Use the manufacturer's label under the DOCS tab to find specific information on diseases controlled and use rates for specific crops.
- Guarda can be used as a curative application when disease is evident but, when conditions favor development of bacterial or fungal disease, a preventative application is recommended. When applied prior to disease infestation it will protect the growing leaf tissue.
- Use higher water volumes with larger sized crops and extensive foliage to ensure thorough coverage.
Chemigation - Apply 1 gallon per acre. Please refer to the manufacturers label under the DOC tab for thorough instructions on all sorts of chemigation.
Pre-Plant Dip - Apply at 32-64 ounces (1-2 quarts) product per 10 gallons of water as a pre-plant dip immediately prior to transplanting, unless specified differently in the SELECTED CROPS section of the label.
Soil Drench - Apply at a concentration of 4 gallons per 100 gallons of water, and at a sufficient rate to thoroughly soak the growing media and root zone. Make an initial application of during or shortly after transplant to reduce transplant shock, suppress soil-borne diseases and improve root growth. Multiple drench applications can be made on a 10 -14 day interval.
Shanked In or Injected - Can be shanked-in or injected into the soil alone, or with most types of liquid nutrients.
In-Furrow: At planting, apply as an in-furrow spray at the rate of 1 gallon per acre or 8.8 fluid ounces per 1000 feet of row according to the chart below. Apply Guarda in 5-15 gallons of water so that the spray is directed into the seed furrow just before the seeds are covered.
- The use rate for Guarda applied alone, tank mixed, or as an alternate spray is 1 gallon per 29-159 gallons of water (0.625%-3.3% v/v dilution of Guarda) applied at a spray volume of 15-100 gallons per acre.
- For greenhouse application on the crops and diseases listed, the use rate for Guarda applied alone, tank mixed, or as an alternate spray is 1 gallon in 29-119 gallons of water (0.833%-3.3% v/v dilution of Guarda) sprayed until just before point of runoff. Repeat at 7-14 day intervals as needed.
- For use rate by row size, see manufacturer's label on DOCS tab.
Environment: For terrestrial uses: Do not apply directly to water, to areas where surface water is present, or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment washwater or rinsate.
Storage: Do not contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or disposal. Store in a cool, dry place. Avoid freezing.