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Timely Tips for Garden Success - Spring

Spring is the time to rejuvenate a tired winter garden. By turning over the soil, while still somewhat moist from Winter, and adding amendments, your ground will be ready for all the new plants, flowers and vegetables that will add color to your garden. So don't delay, start today.

PLANTING:
Now is the time to see our large selection of roses in all of their blooming glory. We have a nice selection of roses to choose from! We also have a great selection of fruit trees including Pluots. Our staff of fruit tree experts has the latest information on varieties, taste tests, planting and pruning techniques to help you enjoy more from your home orchard. Don't forget to plant your shade trees now, to take advantage of their cooling shade in summer. We stock a large selection of evergreen and deciduous trees. If you can't find what you are looking for, we'll be happy to special order it for you. 

LAWN CARE:
Early Spring is the best time to aerate your lawn. Follow with an application of Best Soil Buster to help open up and condition compacted soil. Feed lawns now with an application of Dr. Earth Supernatural Lawn Fertilizer or Master Nursery Crabgrass Preventer. Control existing weeds with Master Nursery Weed N Feed. Remember to start raising your mowing height, as the weather gets warmer. Prevent and control lawn disease with Green Light Fung-away Liquid or Bayer Fungus Control for Lawns Granules. Not sure what you need? Come see our knowledgeable staff.

TREES & SHRUBS:
Feed shrubs and trees every 2 months with Dr. Earth #7 All Purpose Fertilizer. Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias and Rhododendron should be fed every 2 months after they have finished blooming with Dr. Earth #4 Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellia Fertilizer. To control aphids on tender new growth, spray with Monterey Take Down.  Prune out any branches damaged by frost after last frost has passed, usually around mid-March.

ROSES:
Feed roses every 4-6 weeks March thru October with Dr. Earth Rose and Flower Fertilizer or Master Nursery Formula 49.  Control aphids, spider mites and thrips with Bonide Multipurpose Insecticidal Soap. Prevent and control black spot, powdery mildew and rust with Immunox Fungicide.  Avoid night watering. Deadhead spent blooms as needed.

FRUIT TREES:
If you haven't done so, give fruit trees their first feeding with Dr. Earth #9 Fruit Tree and Vine Fertilizer. To control insects such as aphids and whitefly, spray as needed with Bonide All Seasons Spray Oilor Monterey Take Down. Clean and prune to shape citrus trees.  Hang Tanglefoot Cooling Moth Traps in apple/pear trees to prevent wormy fruit.

FLOWERS & VEGETABLES:
Energize tired beds by working in Nurserymen’s Bumper Crop into existing soil. Feed flowers every two weeks with MaxSea Bloom Formula. Feed vegetables every two months with Dr. Earth #5 Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer. (The calcium in this unique plant food helps prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes and peppers). If tomatoes bloom but fail to set fruit, spray blossoms with Tomato Set. To control caterpillars on petunias, geraniums, snapdragon and tomatoes spray every 7-10 days with Safer BT or Spinosad.  Protect plants from slugs, snails, earwigs and sow bugs with all-natural Sluggo Plus.

BULBS:
Plant summer bulbs now to emerge in Summer months.  Begonias, lilies, etc.  Use bone meal in the bulb holes to help get a good start on root system.

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