Mid to Late January
- Prune roses, fruit trees, berries, shade trees and grapes.
Do not prune spring flowering shrubs or trees, fuchsias or
other frost tender plants.
- Make your second application of
dormant spray on the roses, and deciduous fruit trees.
- Mulch helps keep soil temperature even and suppresses
weed growth, so apply 1-2 inches evenly around shrubs and
trees and in your perennial borders.
- Don't forget, even if plants aren't actively growing, plants
still need to be watered if there's been no rain.
- Apply Iron to azaleas, citrus and gardenias to help keep
them green this spring.
- Summer-blooming bulbs have arrived in our Garden Shop.
It's the perfect time to pick out the best varieties of gladiolus, dahlias, Asiatic lilies, canna lilies, tuberous begonias and
- Watch for “pink bud” stage on peach and nectarines, apply
the last dormant spray for best control of Peach-leaf Curl.
Get the Jump on Spring Bugs
- Spring brings showers, flowers and bugs. The best way to
handle all this early insect activity is to nip it in the bud, so to
speak. The early bud not only catches the worm, but also the
moth, aphid and caterpillar before much damage is done.
Aphids love the soft tip growth just appearing on plums and
roses, etc., causing distorted leaves as they open up. Apples,
pears and crab apples should be sprayed with Spinosad when
the blooms begin to show color to control Codling Moth
(aka: wormy apples -YUK!) and repeat the application in 5-7
days. Spinosad also controls worms (caterpillars), thrips and
katydids, borers on peaches, grapes, citrus, and many other
edibles. Spinosad is ORMRI (Organic Materials Research
Institute) listed and is very earth friendly.
Wasps and Ants
- Wasp traps set out in early spring can catch the queens
before they even establish nests. Ant stakes or baits protect
the back yard picnics and keep ants from spreading the aphids
around your yard. A shot of Bacillus thuringensis (Safer
CATERPILLAR KILLER) will get rid of the caterpillars
while protecting the honeybees.
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