Timely Tips May 1 – 31, 2022

 The sun is out and the plants are in … Let’s get gardening!

  • 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.
  • Fertilize perennials, shrubs & trees if not done so already.
  • Clean ponds and add bacteria supplements such as Pond Perfect to keep the pond balanced and algae-free.
  • Turn and activate the compost pile with garden soil, Natural Guard Compost Maker and water.
  • Mow lawn at 3 to 4 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.
  • Continue to kill cheatgrass and other weeds with Bonide KleenUp® Weed & Grass Killer.
  • Provide water for migrating birds.  Many insect-eating songbirds are attracted to shallow pools & the sound of dripping water.
  • Schedule an audit of your irrigation system with one of Moana’s certified landscape irrigation auditors to ensure you’re not wasting water. Schedule a consultation now! 
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs (forsythia, lilacs, quince, almond, viburnum, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas) immediately after they bloom. 
  • 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
  • Apply 3 inches of G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner around plants to conserve moisture, moderate soil temperatures, and reduce weeds.

Very important:  Remove tree stakes and ties from trees & shrubs planted a year ago or longer.

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 (remove blooms) 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.
  • Continue to plant new perennials, ornamental grasses & roses. Consider new plantings for birds and pollinators.
  • Plant summer bulbs like dahlias, gladiola and lilies with G&B Organics Bud & Bloom Fertilizer. 
  • Move citrus trees (Meyer’s lemon, etc.) outside when night-time temperatures are above 45 degrees.  Fertilize with G&B Organic Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertilizer.
  • Gradually move houseplants outside to protected areas.  Place large houseplants potted in plastic into larger, heavier pots to keep them from falling over in the wind.  Do not expose to afternoon sun.  Monitor regularly for pests.
  • Use G&B Organics Worm-Gro as a natural insecticide.  Make a little room on top of the roots to top dress with a thin layer of pre-moistened worm castings, then a layer of G&B Organics Blue Ribbon Potting Mix and water in.  This benefits plants by increasing resistance to insects and disease and increases water retention for potted plants.
  • Prune and fertilize overwintered tender plants like hibiscus, gardenia & geranium; take outside once night temps are 40 degrees or warmer. Continue to feed houseplants remaining indoors monthly with an all purpose plant food according to the directions, adding SUPERthrive (1 drop per cup or ¼ tsp. per gallon of water) every time you water.
  • 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 Purely 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. For increased resistance to pests add a layer of G&B Organics Worm-Gro under the mulch and a handful to every new planting.
  • To prevent the chance of disease, clean bird baths weekly with a weak bleach solution and rinse well. Use a WBU Bird Bath brush to make this task easier.
  •  Use Pond Perfect Fountain Fix or other wildlife-friendly enzyme products from our Wild Birds Unlimited department in fountains and water features to help keep water clear and healthy.
  •  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.
  • Are you seeing young bird families or nesting behavior?  We can help identify birds in your yard if you have a question and help make your yard the place for them to be!
  • Hummingbirds and orioles are active. Put out oranges and BirdBerry jelly for orioles to initially attract them to your yard and keep fresh nectar in steady supply for both orioles and hummingbirds. These birds are one of the joys of the season in northern Nevada! WBU Hummingbird and Oriole Nectar and our SweetSeed nectars make it easy to provide fresh nectar daily for both hummingbirds and orioles. Even better, participate in Moana Wild Birds Unlimited Free Nectar program! For all of your feeders, be sure to change the sugar water every few days so it doesn’t spoil.
  • Offer Nesting Blend; WBU Bark Butter, Cake or Bits; Peanut Butter n’Jelly Suet Dough and mealworms to provide the extra calcium & protein needed during nesting and molting season.
  • Our Seasonal Color Team can help you with custom containers, annual planting beds or a simple refresh of your existing garden. Schedule a free consultation today! 
  • Need help with your indoor plants? Contact our Interior Plant Services team. They can help you design, install and maintain your indoor plants! Want a WOW plant presentation? Ask about installing a LIVING PLANT WALL! Examples of plant walls are available to see at both our Moana Lane and Pyramid Way locations.