Garden Advice

Fall is the absolute best time for planting. Although the temperature is cooling down, the soil is still warm and stimulates growth. Winter rains will help establish the plant roots so by next spring you will be able to enjoy them in all their beauty. 

PLANTING: Purchase your Fall Bulbs now while our selection is best. However, wait until November or December to plant them. Don't forget to apply BONE MEAL before planting and Bulb Food for feeding your bulbs once they pop through the soil. Remember to chill crocus, hyacinth and tulips for 6 weeks in a paper bag inside your refrigerator before planting for stronger plants and larger blooms.

Get a jump on winter vegetables starting in late October. Find a warm sunny location to plant "flower" type vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower; "leaf" type vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce and spinach; and "root" type vegetables such as carrots, garlic, onions, potatoes and radishes. Also great for winter are peas. Use Nurserymen’s Bumper Crop Organic Soil Amendment that contains a mixture of composted fir bark and forest humus and fortified with chicken manure, worm castings, bat guano and kelp meal for ultimate all-organic results.

 It's time to plant cool season annuals. These include Iceland poppies, pansies, snapdragon, stock, sweet peas and violas for sun, cyclamen, primula, and primrose for shade locations. You'll get better results and more blooms when planting by mid-October than if you wait until winter. Make sure and prepare soil with L.G.M. Planting Mix. 

LAWN CARE: De-thatch your lawn in October if thatch layer is thicker than 1/2 an inch. Apply GYPSUM to top of lawn and water in with SOIL PENETRANT to help open up compacted soil. Over -seed if necessary. Cover seed with a 1/4 inch of top-dressing.  To prevent annual bluegrass, feed lawn with Master Green Lawn Food in September. If you have a tall fescue lawn, it is particularly important to give a fall feeding in order to help it stay green in winter.  

TREES & SHRUBS: Keep shrubs healthy and green by feeding every 2 months. Feed deciduous shrubs and trees in September. This important feeding helps trees and shrubs store nutrients through the winter and give them a bigger boost in spring. Give azaleas, camellias, and rhododendron a final feeding of Master Nursery Camellia, Azalea & Gardenia food.  Halt your pruning on them, otherwise you will cut off the developing flower buds for spring. 

ROSES: Fall can give you as good or better blooms compared to spring. Give roses a final feeding in October with E.B. Stone Rose Food. If spider mites are still lingering, spray foliage with Monterey Saf-T-Side. For mildew, rust and blackspot apply Green Light Fungaway.  

FRUIT TREES: Your fruit trees will be tired after bearing fruit. Give them their 3rd and final feeding with Master Nursery Fruit Tree & Vine. Spray cherries and plums in October to prevent deadbud. 

FLOWERS & VEGETABLES: Cool season flowers will bloom more if fed every 2 weeks. Feed vegetables every 2 months with E.B. Stone All-Purpose Plant Food.  Protect plants from slugs and snails with all-natural Monterey Sluggo.