Garden Checklist for May
✔ Remember Mom with a flowering gift or gift card from Orchard Nursery & Florist.
✔Add 3 to 4 inches of mulch, such as MasterNursery™ Gold Rush or Black Forest to flower and vegetable beds to keep the ground weed free and to prevent loss of moisture.
✔ Feed hanging baskets with fuchsia, ivy geranium, lantana, etc. with MasterBloom™ once a month or half strength every two weeks.
✔ Thin fruit on fruit trees, especially apples and peaches. Leave about 5 inches between fruit and get ready for fruit pies.
✔ Feed fruit trees Master Nursery™ Fruit Tree and Vine after fruit has set and feed citrus MasterNursery™ Citrus Food once in spring summer and fall.
✔ Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons as they finish blooming with Master Nursery™ Camellia, Azalea, Gardenia, &Rhododendron Food and gardenias once in spring and fall.
✔ It's a great time to plant tasty herbs for use in summer BBQ's. Try mint and rosemary for lamb or basil for beef and pork.
✔ Plant warm season vegetables: Tomatoes, beans, cucumber, peppers, corn, squash (summer and winter), pumpkins, eggplants, melons and strawberries.
✔ Feed roses and keep a sharp look out for blackspot, powdery mildew and rust which can develop on the leaves. If you aren't sure of what is damaging your roses bring a sample into our California Certified Nursery Professionals for a diagnosis.
✔ There's still time to plant summer blooming annuals. Try celosia, petunias, marigolds, dahlias, nicotiana, salvia or zinnias. Bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggo™ from Monterey Lawn and Garden Products.
✔ "Deadhead" spent blooms on annual flowers to promote continual flowering. Feed with MasterBloom™ fertilizer monthly to keep plants healthy and flower production high.
✔ Don't forget to put on sunscreen when you go out to garden—and a hat to keep your head cool
Garden Checklist for June
✔ Vegetable gardens need deep watering to reach the roots several feet below the soil surface. Watering longer and less often will help plants thrive.
✔ Tuberous begonias can give bountiful flower displays in summer and should be fed throughout the hot months.
✔ Remember Dad with a growing gift from Orchard Nursery & Florist. Citrus trees, fragrant gardenias, and blooming roses are just a few suggestions.
✔ Yellowing foliage on camellias and azaleas is often due to a lack of iron. If an acid plant food like MasterNursery™ Azalea, Camellia, Gardenia and Rhododendron Food doesn't green them up, try adding Master Nursery™ Iron-Plus.
✔ Frequent trimming of hedges promotes new growth and a full, dense look, while infrequent trimming causes a bare, woody look.
✔ Keep petunias and fuchsias pinched back for a compact plant and more blooms this summer. Be sure to bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggo™.
✔ Keep an eye out for budworms, especially on petunias, nicotiana and geraniums. Spray with Bt to control.
✔ Check your sprinkler system and raise lawn mowers to at least 2" during hot weather.
✔ Feed potted plants monthly during the growing season.