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July 15th to July 31st, 2015

Moana Nursery Teammates say, "For successful high

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

Bug & Disease Alert!

Our expected return to ' normal' hot dry conditions will bring additional stress to plants: extra vigilance on appropriate irrigation and pest control will pay off in healthier plants.

  • Thrips may be causing malformed flower buds which fail to open. Treat with Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew or BonNeem II.  Use according to label
  • Squash Bugs are out in force -- attacking squash and related plants like cucumbers, melons, and pumpkins with vigor.  Treat naturally with BonNeem II or non-organically with Bonide Eight.
  • Many Lawn Brown Spots occurring now are caused by improper watering from poorly designed irrigation systems or plugged/misadjusted sprinkler heads.  Call 825-0602, ext 134 to schedule an irrigation system audit with our irrigation technician, or visit one of our plant doctors with a sample from your lawn.
  • Spider Mite activity is showing up as dusty webbing and discolored, spotty foliage on trees and shrubs.  Hose off with water and remove badly affected foliage. Treat with Bonide Neem Oil, All-Seasons Horticultural Oil or Mite X.    Do not compost affected foliage.
  • Codling Moths may have another hatch. Use Tanglefoot’s Codling Moth Traps to monitor when that hatching occurs. Then apply Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew, according to the label, to protect your apple crop from their hungry larvae.  .
  • Earwigs are active in many yards – these guys eat at night, so you’ll only see the destruction they’ve wrought in the daylight.  Use Dr. Earth Yard and Garden Insect Killer, Bonide Bug and Slug Killer, Bonide Eight or Bonide Eight Garden Dust.
  • Leaf Hoppers may be a nuisance on your plants. Sometimes called plant lice (Ehww!), they leave small scars on foliage, draw down the plant’s resources, and possibly spread disease. Ward them off your plants with the appropriate Dr. Earth insect killer.

General Garden & Lawn Care:

  • The UNR Cooperative Extension is recommending setting your mower at a higher height setting of 3-4”.  This will reduce water stress, control weeds and develop a healthier lawn naturally.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials & roses 3 - 4 times per week in July and August.
  • Check all plants weekly to be sure they are getting adequate water; established trees, shrubs, perennials & roses require 1 inch of water per week throughout their root zones.
  • Adjust watering schedule as weather dictates.
  • Inspect irrigation system regularly for leaks, clogged emitters, broken/clogged head and other problems. 
  • Curb insect pests, including leafminers, spider mites, thrips and others, with natural controls like lady bugs. Ask us for best controls on significant infestations. We can advise you on the best products to address pest problems while minimizing impact on your environment.
  • If not done yet, mulch garden beds immediately after weeding with 2 to 4 inches of Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost to retain moisture and keep weeds under control.
  • Continue to cultivate and weed. 

Tree and Shrub Care:

  • Continue to deadhead roses by cutting flowers back to the first set of five leaflets.
  • Monitor roses closely for blackspot.  Remove any leaves that show darkened circles with fuzzy margins on either side of the leaves; yellow foliage with dark spots; and any leaves that have already dropped from the plant.  Begin a spray program with an appropriate control as necessary. Make note to use Bonide Copper or Sulfur fungicides during the dormant season. Dispose of infected leaves in the trash; do not compost.
  • Fertilize roses for the third and final time at the end of the month with Dr. Earth Rose and Flower Fertilizer.  Do not fertilize after August 15th.

Perennial & Annual Care:

  • For a second, late summer bloom, shear, cut back or remove flower spikes from catmint, perennial geraniums, salvia and delphiniums.
  • Remove spent flowers or seedheads of daylilies immediately to conserve plant energy.
  • Make note of empty spots in borders that might benefit from planting summer-flowering bulbs next year.
  • Continue deadheading annuals and perennials to encourage more flowering.  When deadheading annual geraniums, remove entire stem with fading flowers.
  • Continue pruning out longest stem of cascading petunias weekly to prevent plants from becoming scraggly.
  • Fertilize container plants with Dr. Earth Bud and Bloom Booster every three weeks or Dr. Earth Golden Bloom liquid every two weeks; avoid applying in the heat of the day.  Always water plants before adding liquid fertilizer.
  • Hot dry weather can result in increased mite activity. Remove affected foliage and treat with Mite X.  Use according to the label.
  • Continue planting new perennials, ornamental grasses & roses.
  • Stake tall perennials plants, if necessary, by tying with soft Rapiclip Soft Twist Tie.
  • Continue to guide clematis & all other soft-stemmed vines to their supports and secure with Rapiclip Soft Twist Tie.

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Care:

  • Espaliered fruit trees should be pruned for the second time once their spring flush of growth is over.  The first pruning is done in late winter when plants are dormant.
  • Stake tomato plants if they have no supports.  Begin harvesting as fruit ripens.
  • Monitor tomatoes and ensure that they receive an even supply of moisture instead of heavy soaking and then a drought. 
  • Monitor vegetables for symptoms of fungus or blight: soft, darkened areas, yellow and dropping leaves, sunken dark spots on otherwise green foliage.
  • Monitor all plants for insects.  Hand-remove large insects such as tomato hornworms, cicadas and other caterpillars.
  • Continue to harvest herbs to use fresh, dry, or freeze in small batches in ice cube tray.  Pinch off developing flowers to retain essential oils and flavor in the plant’s foliage.
  • Fertilize vegetables with Dr. Earth Blended Organic Fertilizers every 2 months or Dr. Earth Organic Liquid Fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks.  Twice as often, when planted in containers.
  • Use Bonide Tomato & Blossom Set Spray on tomatoes, beans, cucumber, eggplant, melons, and many more – to increase your harvest.


  • Many birds are now beginning their main molt (replacement of their feathers) which requires extra protein to grow strong feathers for proper flight and effective insulation. For the next few months, offer high-protein bird foods, such as nyjer, peanuts, Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter® and mealworms, to ensure that your birds have a reliable source of protein to help them with molting.
  • As summer progresses, rufous hummingbirds are showing up and will stay into the fall.
  • Add movement to birdbaths with water wigglers to attract more birds.
  • Continue offering WBU No Melt Suet & Seed Cylinders to attract warblers, nuthatches, wrens & woodpeckers.
  • Continue to put out oranges, grape jelly and nectar for orioles and sugar water for hummingbirds.  Be sure to change every few days to avoid spoilage -- more frequently if in full sun all day.
  • Continue to supply fresh water and change it every 3 days to keep it clean.  To prevent the chance of disease, clean birdbath weekly with a weak bleach solution (1part bleach to 9 parts water) and rinse well.
  • Store bird food in a sealed container and keep in a cool dry place to prevent spoilage.
  • To ensure that bird seed is eaten quickly and stays fresh, keep feeders filled with a one or two day supply of seed.
  • Be sure to clean and sterilize your bird feeders every 6 weeks with a bleach solution (see above) to prevent the spread of disease.
  • 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 

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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