Timely, Local Tips

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May 16th to May 31st, 2015

Moana Nursery Teammates say, "For successful high

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

'Aphids, aphids, aphids!' pest alert!  The lack of any type of pest-killing temperatures this so-called winter, and the early and abundant emergence of food sources, have led to an aphid population explosion.  

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. Ask us what is the right solution for you …pick a solution/application that does little or no harm to beneficial insects/pollinators.

General Garden & Lawn Care:

  • Plant warm-season flowering annuals, vines, herbs and vegetables with Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer.  Pinch back 1/3 of new growth to encourage stocky habit (except vines and vegetables).  Wait two weeks before feeding newly planted annuals with anything other than starter fertilizer.
  • Treat broadleaf weeds in lawn and garden now with pre-emergent Bonide Maize Weed Preventer.
  • Water at optimum time – when winds are calm and temperatures are cool and only when needed -- saturate root zones and let the soil dry.
  • Feed perennials, shrubs & trees if you have not done so this year.
  • Clean ponds and add Pond Perfect to keep pond balanced and algae-free.
  • Activate compost pile with garden soil, Dr. Earth Compost Starter and water.
  • Mow lawn at a height of 2-1/2 - 3 inches, removing no more than one-third of the leaf blade.
  • Fertilize lawn with Dr. Earth Lawn Fertilizer or Bonide Lawn Food.  If you have weeds, use Bonide Weed and Feed.  Monitor for weeds and hand pull or spot treat accordingly.
  • Provide water for migrating birds.  Many insect-eating songbirds are attracted to shallow pools & the sound of dripping water.
  • Sharpen tools and pruners – drop off at any Moana Nursery by late Monday late Tuesday afternoon pick-up.
  • Put your Rescue yellow jacket traps out now.

Tree and Shrub Care:

  • Very important:  remove tree stakes and ties from trees & shrubs planted a year ago or longer.
  • 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 with Dr. Earth Rhododendron, Azalea & Camellia Fertilizer and mulch with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Premium Soil.
  • Apply a 3 inch layer of mulch -- Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost or Dr. Earth Compost -- around plants to insulate from dryness and temperature swings; be sure to keep compost 3 “ away from trunk/stems of plants.
  • 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.

Perennial & Annual Care:

  • Treat emerging lily shoots and other plants with Plantskydd if rabbits and deer have been a problem.
  • 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 before they reach 6 inches.
  • Continue pinching back fall-blooming perennials – mums, asters & tall sedums; pinch weekly until mid-July to promote stocky growth.
  • Continue to direct perennial vines on 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 with Dr. Earth Bud and Bloom Booster – Moana Nursery has a large selection of gladiola, dahlias and lilies.

Indoor Plant Care:

  • Begin to harden off warm-season transplants, moving them into a cold frame or protected area.
  • 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.  Carefully monitor for insects.
  • Prune and fertilize overwintered tender plants like hibiscus, gardenia & geranium with Dr. Earth Liquid Fertilizer or Grow More Sea Grow; take outside once night temps reach 40 degrees.

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Care:

  • Place codling moth traps in apple trees now – 1 per tree in an easily accessible location.  When trap reveals several moths, spray tree with Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew. Since codling moths produce up to 4 generations (one every 6 weeks), it’s important to install a new trap and repeat spraying every 6 weeks for continued fruit protection.
  • Plant corn, tomatoes, snap beans, summer squash and herbs with Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer.
  • Spread several inches of Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost or Dr. Earth Vegetable Garden Planting Mix on vegetable and herb beds and mix in well,  if not yet done.

Bird Tips:

  • 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, Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Suet Dough or Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter to provide the extra calcium 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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