How to Pot and Grow Citrus Trees
You can grow citrus in northern Nevada! Jon Bruyn shows you how to pot and care for your high desert citrus trees.
What is Deadheading?
Learn how, when, and why do deadhead your flowers to improve growth and appearances.
The Benefits of Mulch
Lisa talks about how a layer of mulch can improve your landscaping soil & appearance plus conserve moisture.
Plants for Shade Gardening
Steve Packer shows you 20 plants that do well in the shade and how to have a successful shade garden.
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Plants & Trees Articles
What's in a gardening zone? Plant hardiness zones can be a useful tool for gardeners, but only when you know what they mean!
For most plants, when you plant their seeds you get the same plant. However, this isn’t the case with fruit trees. So how do we even have our favorite fruit?
Sure, it’s a pine and it’s from Austria, but Austrian Pines are so much more than that! Austrian Pines are one of our favorite trees and we’re here to tell you why.
Christmas Tree Care Tips!
Are your roses blooming less in the summer? Read on about how to care for your roses and keep them blooming even through the hottest months of summer!
Succulents are great for any high desert indoor or outdoor garden. These drought resistant, low-maintenance plants are fun and fascinating to grow.
Learn how to plant, feed and care for your fruit trees! Snr. Plant Doctor, Steve Packer teaches you how to feed your fruit trees so they can feed you!
Tomatoes are a delicious staple for every home garden. Learn what tomatoes to grow and how to grow them in our Northern Nevadan high desert climate.
Tips for Plants, Trees, and Shrubs
- To control any boring or leaf-feeding insects such as bronze birch borer & elm leaf beetle and aphids in trees and shrubs, apply Bonide Annual Tree and Shrub Insect Control now. Be sure the ground is moist & not frozen before applying, then follow up with proper winter watering three to four weeks later. We do not recommend using this product on any edible fruiting trees and avoid using it when bees are foraging. ALWAYS PLEASE READ THE LABEL BEFORE APPLYING ANY PESTICIDE!
- Continue cutting branches – those with interesting foliage as well as flowers — for forcing indoors. Refer to January’s tips for detailed instructions.
- Prune fruit trees in late February or early March.
- Heavy (no more than 25% by volume) pruning of large woody plants can be done this month as weather permits. Prune large spring flowering trees and shrubs after they bloom.
- Immediately prune out broken or damaged branches.
- When pruning trees in your landscape, keep in mind that maple, elm, birch, and others may produce copious amounts of sap when pruned at this time of year.
- Inspect trees for frost cracks or sunscald injury.
- Apply Bonide All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Oil to trees and shrubs to prevent insect infestations; we recommend you buy the concentrate, read the directions, and mix to a dormant rate concentration. Spray three weeks later and before buds swell with Bonide Copper Fungicide or Monterey Liqui-Cop to control leaf diseases such as peach leaf curl and powdery mildew.
- Remove heavy snow loads from evergreen branches by gently sweeping snow off with a broom. If branches have been anchored to the ground, gently lift them from underneath with a broom. Avoid beating tree branches with any heavy tools.
- Allow any ice that accumulates on tree branches to melt. Cracking ice with heavy objects should be avoided.