Timely, Local High Desert Tips

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May 2 to May 15, 2016

Moana Nursery Teammates say, "For successful high

desert gardening, NOW is the time to ..........."   

General Garden & Lawn Care:

  • Continue to monitor nighttime temperatures. Sudden last minute changes to below freezing temperatures can cause a great deal of damage.  Be prepared to cover tender plants.
  • Water at optimum time – when winds are calm and temperatures are cool – early in the morning.
  • Water only when needed – saturate root zones and let the soil dry to encourage strong roots.
  • Feed perennials, shrubs & trees if not done so already.
  • Clean ponds and add bacteria supplements such as Pond Perfect to keep pond balanced and algae-free.
  • Activate compost pile with garden soil, G&B Organics Compost Starter and water.
  • Mow lawn at 2 to 2-1/2 inches, removing no more than one-third of the leaf blade.
  • If you haven’t already done so fertilize your lawn with G&B Organics Lawn Fertilizer or Bonide Weed & Feed if you have weeds.
  • Provide water for migrating birds.  Many insect-eating songbirds are attracted to shallow pools & the sound of dripping water.
  • Continue to kill cheatgrass and other weeds with Bonide KleenUP Weed Control in open areas, or Monterey 2 in 1 Weed Impede to kill existing weeds and provide pre-emergent control.
  • Schedule an audit of your irrigation system with one of Moana’s certified landscape irrigation auditors to ensure you’re not wasting water. Contact 825-0602, x134 to schedule.

Tree and Shrub Care:

  • Apply 3 inches of G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner around plants to conserve moisture, moderate soil temperatures, and reduce weeds.
  • Remove loosened tree stakes and ties from trees & shrubs planted a year ago or longer.
  • Continue to inspect trees and shrubs for insect and disease problems; treat immediately with appropriate product.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs (forsythia, lilacs, quince, almond, viburnum, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas) immediately after they bloom.
  • Deadhead or lightly prune spent lilac blossoms to increase flower production.
  • Gently pull off dried flowers of azaleas and rhododendrons, taking care not to break sticky, new shoots located at the base of the flowers.  This is a great time to fertilize withG&B Organics Rhododendron, Azalea & Camellia Fertilizer and mulch with G&B Organics Acid Planting Mix.

Perennial & Annual Care:

  • Continue to plant new perennials, ornamental grasses & roses.
  • Stake tall perennials before they reach 6 inches.
  • Begin to regularly pinch back fall-blooming perennials – mums, asters & tall sedums; pinch weekly until mid-July to promote stocky growth.
  • Remove dead vines and begin to direct new growth onto their supports. Encourage climbing roses to develop lateral, flower-bearing canes.
  • Deadhead spring bulbs once they’ve finished flowering, but allow foliage to wither completely before removing.
  • Stake peonies to support blooms when they reach 10” in height.
  • Plant summer bulbs dahlias, gladiola and lilies with G&B Organics Bud & Bloom Fertilizer. 

Indoor Plant Care:

  • Gradually move houseplants outside to protected areas.  Place large houseplants potted in plastic into larger, heavier pots to keep them from falling over in wind.  Do not expose to afternoon sun.  Use Bonide Houseplant Systemic to protect against insects.
  • Prune and fertilize overwintered tender plants like hibiscus, gardenia & geranium; take outside once night temps are 40 degrees or warmer.
  • Move your citrus trees (Meyer’s lemon, etc.) outside when night time temperatures are above 45 degrees.

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Care:

  • Begin to harden off warm-season transplants, moving them into a shaded area for 14 days and gradually increasing their exposure to direct sun.  Bring them in at night if the temperatures fall below 40 degrees. Once properly hardened, they can be transplanted out in the garden, usually by mid-May.
  • Spread several inches of G&B Organics Planting Compost or G&B Organics Harvest Supreme on vegetable and herb beds. Use as a mulch and/or continue to use as an amendment while you are still planting.

Bird Tips:

  • Hummingbirds have arrived & orioles will begin appearing any day.  Now’s the time to put out oranges and grape jelly for orioles and WBU Hummingbird and Oriole Nectar for both hummingbirds and orioles.  Be sure to change the sugar water every few days so it doesn’t spoil.
  • Continue to supply fresh water and change it every 5 days to keep it clean.  To prevent the chance of disease, clean birdbath weekly with a weak bleach solution and rinse well.
  • Install a customized Wild Birds Unlimited bird feeding station where you can easily watch the birds it attracts.  It can be installed in the ground or on a deck.
  • Offer WBU Bark Butter Bits or Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Suet Dough and mealworms to provide the extra calcium & protein needed during nesting season.

Did you know that we can do the following for you? Call 825-0602 ext.134.

  • Install and maintain indoor plants – new Plant Services business features design, clean-air plants, maintenance & more. 
  • Plant rental service.
  • Seasonal container & bedding service.
  • Custom Container drop-off & pick up.
  • Bulk Material Installation/Spreading.
  • Design & install holiday lighting.
  • Tune up your landscape and irrigation system. Conserve water!
  • Add a water feature.
  • Design and install a new landscape.
  • Upgrade an existing landscape.
  • Install a driveway, patio and other hardscapes.
  • Install FieldTurf (EasyTurf) artificial putting greens, lawns, dog runs & play areas.
  • Create a backyard bird habitat.
  • Have a healthier landscape this year – Make an appointment for an at-your site consultation; call our Plant Doctors: 

  Jon Bruyn at 240-9783 or jonb@moananursery.com

  Lisa Braginton at 843-7479 or lisab@moananursery.com

  Steve Packer at 233-5113 or stevep@moananursery.com

  Michelle Gilmore at 425-4300 or michelleg@moananursery.com

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