THINGS TO DO - APRIL 2018
1. TOMATOES ARE IN! We have all the spring flowers and
vegetables in now. Higher elevations may need to wait or protect tender plants
with frost cloth or some other method. We have most of the heirloom tomatoes
too. Don't forget a tomato cage.
2. When buying vegetable plants, remember that Hybrids are NOT
genetically engineered. They are cross pollinated generally by hand to get a
superior, often times disease resistant plant with more vigor and more
production. Heirlooms like tomatoes are great and have fantastic flavor,
especially if you want to save the seed, but take longer to produce, the plants
get larger, and generally don't have as much disease resistance as hybrids. We
do not carry any genetically engineered seeds or plants!
Now is a great time to put that sod down. We are distributers for Delta
Bluegrass Sod - grower of high quality sod using rich Delta peat soil. Check out
the prices here: SOD PRICES
4. Most of our fruit trees will be rooted and ready for sale
some time in May. We do have some from last year that are ready to go right now
like apples, pears, olives, figs, plum-cots, mulberry and pomegranates. Also
have blueberries in 5 gal
5. Treat roses BEFORE you see black spot, mildew and rust. If
you're not sure what that is, here is a link to our website: Rose
Diseases. We have lots of good sprays, including organic types. Bayer Disease
Control is a systemic spray that works great for roses. Liquid and granular
Bayer All-in-One Rose & Flower Care fertilizes, controls disease and insects for
plants in the ground. Apply every couple months but especially in spring - like
6. We have lots of organic as well as traditional sprays.
Organic Sprays at Rising Sun Nursery. If you're growing vegetables, think about
using some of these sprays. Even traditional sprays are more benign than they
used to be. There are lots of choices.
Seeds are a great way to get into the vegetable and flower mix at a much lower
price. But remember to protect from snails, slugs and earwigs. Go out at night
with a flashlight. You will see the little critters. Have pets? Use Sluggo or
Sluggo Plus with Organic Spinosad. Safe for pets and actually fertilizes your
plants as it breaks down.
8. Weeds, weeds, weeds. That's what rain brings. Either spray
them (Kill-zall is only $39.99/gal), weed-eat them or cover them. We have the
sprays and we have bark, cedar and redwood mulch and walk-on bark. You can even
use cardboard for pathways in your garden. It will keep down weeds too. Weed
block works too.
9. Start checking all your water systems and time clocks. We
have been spoiled with rain but it will be time to start watering your
10. Cut back those flowering shrubs AFTER they bloom. Lilacs,
Viburnum, Spirea, Forsythia, Azalea, Wisteria, etc.
11. Now is the time to put up Codling Moth pheromone traps for
apples & pears (maybe a bit later in higher elevations). Sanitation is very
important and removing apples that have been "stung" by
the moth. Usually spraying about 3-4 weeks after fruit set is a good time. Don't
spray when you have flowers! Spinosad with a 1% mix of Horticultural Oil is said
to be the most effective with the least environmental impact. Thin out any
apples that are touching each other. That is where the eggs are laid.
12. We have lady bugs and praying mantis. Release them a bit
at a time in the evening and at the base of your plant that needs protecting.
When mantis eggs hatch, release the little mantis around your garden for super