Timely, Local Tips

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May 27th to June 14th, 2015

Moana Nursery Teammates say, "For successful high

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

Aphid Alert:

Aphids continue to reproduce, especially after recent rains which stimulated new plant growth.  To control, start with Lady Bugs (they eat aphids) and a hose (to spray off aphids). If infestation is great, use Bon Neem II, Bonide Rose Rx, Bonide Tomato & Vegetable Spray, or Dr. Earth Insect Sprays.  Bonide Systemic Insecticide Granules can also be used on all ornamentals.

General Garden & Lawn Care:

  • Treat turf fungi with a fungicide.  For best results, alternate the fungicide used each year – use Dr. Earth Organic Fungicide and Bonide Fung-onil.
  • Inspect lawn for weeds and use Bonide Weed & Feed to control.  Mow high (2-1/2 to 3 inches) so individual blades of grass can shade each other.
  • Control insect pests, including aphids, mealybugs, scale, spider mites, thrips, whitefly and others with lady bugs or use Captain Jack’s Dead Bug for leaf chewing insects for a safe and quick control.
  • If you haven’t already done so, mulch all garden beds with Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost after thoroughly weeding and watering. 3 inches of SBC will reduce your water requirements by up to 30%.
  • Check all plants weekly to be sure they are getting adequate water.  Inspect irrigation system regularly for leaks, clogged emitters, broken/clogged head and other problems.  Adjust watering schedule as weather dictates.

Tree and Shrub Care:

  • Use Dr. Earth Organic Rhododendron, Azalea & Camellia Fertilizer to help green up conifers that are looking chlorotic (yellow).
  • Fertilize roses after first flush of flowers with Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer
  • Prune hybrid tea roses back to 5 leaflet leaf as soon as flowers fade.  Many shrub roses are self-cleaning and don’t require pruning.  When in doubt, lightly prune old blossoms to keep plant looking attractive.
  • Pinch off 1 inch of sticky new growth on azaleas and rhododendrons to increase next year’s flowers.  Mulch acid-loving plants with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Planting Mix.
  • Continue to prune all spring-flowering shrubs immediately after they flower.
  • Small evergreens such as boxwood or yew can be lightly pruned after the new growth fills in to maintain a formal character.
  • Due to our cool weather and moisture, and now warmer weather, watch for signs of powdery mildew. A thin covering of white powdery substance, typically on lower leaves, spreading to the rest of the plants.  Powdery mildew can be treated organically with Bonide Tomato and Vegetable Spray.

Perennial & Annual Care:

  • Fertilize annuals in containers, baskets and window boxes every 3-4 weeks with Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom or the new liquid Dr. Earth Golden Bloom.  Always water plants before adding fertilizer.
  • Monitor succulent new growth for signs of aphids (puckered, stunted leaves).  Hose down affected plants.  Don’t use strong chemicals if beneficial insects are present.
  • Hot dry weather can result in increased mite activity.  Symptoms include stippling of foliage.  Remove affected foliage and treat with Bonide Rose Rx 3 in 1.
  • When cutting peony blossoms to bring indoors, remove as few leaves as possible from the plant.  Don’t cut more than 25% of the flowers from one bush and avoid cutting flowers from newly planted peonies.
  • Continue to deadhead annuals and perennials to encourage new flower formation.
  • Apply Plantskydd to emerging lily shoots and other plants if rabbits and deer are a problem.
  • Fertilize bulbs with Dr. Earth Bulb Food if you did not do so at planting time.  Mark the spots with small stakes to repeat fertilizer application in the fall when plants are not visible.
  • Monitor all annual plantings in containers and window boxes.  On windy days, hanging baskets will require water every day.
  • Continue planting new perennials, ornamental grasses & roses.
  • Stake tall perennials and continue to tie annual and perennial vines to supports.  Train and tie clematis stems with soft cloth to guard against breakage caused by stems blowing in the wind.
  • Continue to pinch off new growth of mums, asters and late-blooming tall sedums.

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Care:

  • Fertilize vegetables with Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizers.
  • Stake or cage tomatoes as they begin to grow.  If your tomatoes are exposed to wind, apply Bonide Tomato & Blossom Set.
  • Protect tomatoes from blossom end rot as soon as fruit sets with Bonide Rot Stop.
  • Pinch new top growth of herbs to keep them from flowering.  Snip or cut off sprigs of herbs to use in cooking all season.
  • Plant pumpkins and melon plants.
  • Mulch vegetable garden with Gardner & Bloom Soil Building Compost to retain moisture.
  • In order to grow larger, and sweeter fruit, consider physically thinning your fruit trees of excessive fruit now. For apples and pears (cluster fruit) thin cluster to one or two fruits, and spaced along branches no closer than six inches. For most stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots), thin fruit to one every six inches along branches. For plums, these generally do not need thinning.


  • To ensure that bird seed is eaten quickly and stays fresh, keep feeders filled with a one or two day supply of seed.
  • Clean all bird feeders with hot soapy water and a bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.  Rinse and thoroughly dry before refilling.  Feeders should be cleaned and bleached every 2-3 months to prevent disease from spreading and to keep feeders in good condition.
  • Install a birdhouse; many birds are now building their nests.
  • Hummingbirds & orioles have shown up in various parts of town.  Put out oranges, grape jelly for orioles and WBU Hummingbird and Oriole Nectar for both hummingbirds and orioles.   Be sure to change the nectar every few days so it doesn’t spoil.
  • Continue to supply fresh water and change it every 3-5 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, Calcium Care Suet Dough, Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Suet Dough or Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter to provide the extra calcium needed during nesting season.
  • Add movement to birdbaths with water wigglers to attract more birds.  Install a mister for added water interest for both hummingbirds and songbirds.
  • Store bird food in a sealed container and keep in a cool dry place to prevent spoilage. 


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  • 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

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

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