and pesticide usage, writes Jonathan Schultheis, North Carolina State University extension horticultural specialist, in the article "Summer Squash Production."
In fact, gardeners may want to avoid using pesticides when vegetable plants bloom since certain pesticides can kill or harm the bees, according to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
"Many home gardeners rely heavily on Sevin Dust, but it is death to bees," N.C. Cooperative Extension writes in the article "How come my squash and cucumbers are not developing fruit?" "They mistake it for pollen and take it back to the hive where it can have devastating effects. If Sevin is to be used, apply it in liquid form."
Also, too much fertilizer can result in squash not forming while too little prevents fruit from growing, according to the article.