April 2021 Newsletter

April started off a little warmer than average but now seems to be running along just like it should temperature wise. Not too cool and not too warm.

We now have a large selection of vegetable starts and more coming on in our greenhouse, plus regular deliveries, so we will have a good selection of vegetables for the planting season. This month is usually a good time to get started with the vegetable garden. Get it prepped if you haven’t done that yet so you can plant your vegetable starts soon. I always use Bio-Live fertilizer and bone meal and kelp meal mixed in the soil before I plant. Bone meal adds calcium to prevent blossom end rot. You can also use oyster shell lime. Kelp meal helps with disease prevention. After you have your plants in, use straw or mulch on the top to help keep the moisture in and keep the weeds down.

Many other things are needing to be done in the landscape during April.

Rhododendrons should have the flower trusses that are spent snapped off at the base as soon as they fade. Don’t wait until all the flowers have finished blooming to remove them because the plant will expend energy making seeds that would be better used to add new foliage when it has completed the bloom cycle. Fertilize them right after flowering with a rhododendron azalea camellia fertilizer now and then again in 30 days and a final time 30 days after that. The same treatment applies to azaleas when they are done blooming.

Daffodils that were blooming earlier are now done here at the nursery. After they are done blooming, don’t cut off the leaves while they are still green. While the leaves are green, fertilize them with a high phosphorous fertilizer or one labeled “bulb food”. They bloomed early this year, but here at the nursery the leaves are still green and the fertilizing can still be done. Hopefully it is the same with yours. The old leaves can be pulled up when they have turned yellow or brown.

If you haven’t fertilized yet, it is time to do it. With the cool temperatures it is an excellent time to fertilize your landscape. An all purpose fertilizer will work for trees and shrubs. Citrus fertilizer for citrus trees. And an acid fertilizer for rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias as well as blueberries. Be sure to water your plants well the day before you apply the fertilizer. Never fertilize a dry plant. Nitrogen part of fertilizer moves with water and if the plant is dry, it can pull up too much nitrogen when you water after applying the fertilizer and burn the plant. If it is moist and the fertilizer is applied and watered in, the plant pulls it up slowly since it is not thirsty.

Keep on top of the aphid problems and the fungus. Spray with Neem oil or an insecticidal soap if you have aphids. Neem oil works as a fungicide too.

I would recommend you start spraying your roses for fungus problems now before they appear. Use Neem oil or a fungicide on them on a regular basis to prevent the fungus from getting started. Neem oil will also act as an insecticide and prevent the aphid problem. We are starting to spray weekly here.

If you planted any bare root fruit trees this year or last year, the trunks of the trees should be painted with white tree trunk paint so that the young, thin bark does not become sunburned and cracked allowing insects to damage the cambium layer which carries nutrients to all parts of the tree. Do not use an oil based paint. A light colored, water based latex paint diluted by 50% works well.

Lawns should be fertilized with a lawn food, which will be high in nitrogen. You may want to over seed your lawn area to thicken it up a bit, and that can be done as long as your fertilizer does not have a weed control incorporated in the formula which would keep seed from sprouting. It is also a good time for starting a new lawn – before the weather heats up making it difficult to keep the area adequately dampened without having to sprinkle it every couple of hours or so. The same would apply to planting ground covers from flats – now is the time.

Lawns will do better if the mower blades are raised so that they are at least two inches high. Closely cut lawns don’t create much shade to the ground allowing it to dry much more quickly. That, in turn, requires more frequent and longer irrigating cycles for the lawn to stay nice and green. This will help to conserve water.

Summer annuals that provide reliable color through the summer will be becoming more available soon. Marigolds, alyssum, petunias, and other summer annuals will be coming in regularly soon. As the season progresses, they will be more plentiful

Fruit trees that we potted at the beginning of January will be out and ready for sale, the weekend of April 10th. They have been slower rooting than I anticipated because the weather has been cool. The nights have anyway, so things have not rooted fast. We will get them set up for sale this week. Some may still need more time to root, so we will be determining that this week.
Please understand that we are selling these on a first come first serve basis only. We cannot reserve over the phone or in any other way. Sorry for the inconvenience of this policy. First come first serve only.

Hopefully you can get out and enjoy the nice weather in the garden
Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you soon.

Jeff


March 2021 Newsletter

After a dry February and dry start to March, it looks like things are starting to change to a bit more wet this weekend and next week. Very good news. Hopefully it will be some good rain which will be welcome for all the bare root fruit trees that were planted in January and February. Be ready to start fertilizing those newly planted fruit trees when they leaf out.

It is now time to get ready to start fertilizing soon. As soon as deciduous trees and shrubs have their full set of leaves, you should give them their first fertilizing of the year. A balanced fertilizer works well for most things. Use a rhododendron, camellia, azalea fertilizer for your acid loving plants. Fertilize azaleas and rhododendrons after they are done blooming. Same thing for camellias. Citrus should use a citrus fertilizer.

Roses should be leafing out now. If you have not pruned back roses, it is still a good time to do it. If you have any that are really large cause of neglected pruning during prior seasons, prune them down now. Prune roses down to 12 to 24 inches tall with several strong canes left and an open center.

Be sure to start spraying roses with a fungicide now. We have had a wet winter and you don’t want to let the fungus problems get going. We use Neem Oil every two weeks here at the nursery on the roses to prevent aphids and fungus problems.

It’s time to start fertilizing roses as well. Roses are heavy feeders. They should be fertilized about every 6 weeks. Use a rose food or you can use a balanced all purpose fertilizer as well. I use a combination of the two on my roses and it works very well.

SPRING VEGETABLE PLANTING

We will have some of our summer vegetable starts after the 6th of March for those who are ready to plant them now. We also have the greenhouse full of vegetable starts that will be ready for planting the first week of April, which honestly is the better time to plant your summer vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to wait till overnight lows are consistently 50 degrees or higher and the ground is no longer cold to the touch. Prep your soil well before you plant. Add bone meal or oyster shell to the soil along with the vegetable fertilizer when you are prepping the soil. Bone meal adds phosphorous for root development and supplements calcium. Oyster shell adds calcium. Calcium will help to prevent blossom end rot. I use organic fertilizer on my vegetable garden. I use bone meal for phosphorous, and oyster shell for calcium , and tomato and vegetable fertilizer and kelp meal. Kelp meal helps to prevent diseases. About half way through the season I re apply fertilizer and bone meal.

It is not quite spring yet and the nights are still cool. We will be getting new inventory in regularly though, ready for planting in anticipation of spring. Spring flowers like petunias and marigolds are not in yet. Probably in the next few weeks.

Recycle your used containers. We gladly take back all used nursery containers. We re-use them in our growing operations. Don’t send them to the land fill. They can be dropped off here anytime during our regular business hours. Let us know if you have them with you when you come in, and we can unload them for you.

A note on our hours. We are open 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


February 2021 Newsletter

Bare root season continues through February. The selection of bare root fruit trees and roses is still good. The recent rain has made the ground moist for digging and the weather has turned cool again to keep the trees dormant, so it is an excellent time to plant bare root fruit trees. At the end of the month we pot up what has not been sold bare root and then the price goes up. Take advantage of bare root prices and selection and get your fruit trees in now.

Final Dormant Spraying is Due This Month

The third and final dormant spraying to prevent leaf curl is due this month. Don’t delay. The final spray should be done before you see color in the flower buds. Usually Valentine’s Day is a good date to use but watch your trees. If buds are swelling before that, get the spray done. Use copper and horticultural oil together in your sprayer. I spray all the deciduous trees in the orchard. It prevents leaf curl and also helps to prevent fireblight on pears and apples, although not completely, and greatly reduces the aphid and insect problems on all the trees. The third and final spraying is the most important one. You should have done two applications already and the final one should be done before flowers come out. We will be spraying the nursery orchard for the final time next week. We got behind on the first two so the second was applied last week and ideally we want at least two weeks between spray applications. So if you are behind on getting it done, get the second done now, so you can get the third on before the trees start to bloom. We have a period of dry right now so take advantage and get it done. Don’t put this off till it is too late.

Also when you are spraying the dormant spray on your fruit trees, do your roses too. Stop the rose diseases before they start.

Fertilizing

It will be time to start fertilizing towards the end of the month or early next month. When the plants come out of dormancy, it is time to start fertilizing. Evergreen plants can be fertilized as soon as the threat of hard freezes is past. So later this month. Use a balanced fertilizer on most plants. Use citrus fertilizer on your citrus. Use rhododendron azalea camellia fertilizer on azaleas and camellias after they are done blooming. Fertilize three times after bloom each thirty days apart and then no more for the year. Gardenias benefit from monthly fertilizing during the growing season. Use a rose food on roses or a balanced fertilizer on them and do them monthly during the growing and blooming season for consistent blooms. We have a good selection of fertilizers. Much of it organic fertilizers. Which I prefer to use.

Weeds are going to start growing in earnest soon.

You can spray with weed killer now to kill what is coming up and mix pre-emergent with the weed killer to stop the weeds from growing back so quickly, I’ve been using a propane torch on weeds. It’s working well for me. Less chemicals.

Now would be a good time to plant winter vegetables. If you plant them now they will give you production for a couple of months for sure and maybe longer depending on the temperatures. When we get some warm days in late February and early March, it’s still a bit too early to put out spring vegetables. We will get spring vegetables, some time in late March or early April, depending on weather. Even though it’s warm in the day, the nights should be 50 degrees or higher consistently before putting your summer vegetables in the ground. If you are thinking about starting summer vegetables inside from seed, probably want to get them started soon so they are ready to put out in spring.

Citrus we will be stocking in larger volume in March. March is the best time to plant citrus since we are usually past any hard freezes. Be sure to protect citrus that you plant now if we have freezing temperatures.

With the cool nights, the bare root trees are staying dormant, and like I said earlier, it is the time to plant them. Once we pot them, the price goes up and they are not immediately available, They have to root into the container before we sell them.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff

Hours: 9-5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. 530-743-4856


BARE ROOT SEASON CONTINUES, FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASSES CANCELLED

BARE ROOT SEASON CONTINUES UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE WILL NOT HAVE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASSES THIS YEAR.

WE ARE OPEN OUR REGULAR HOURS, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9-5, SUNDAY 10-4.

Bare root season continues until the end of February. The selection of fruit trees is still good. Don’t wait till the end of the season if you want a good selection to choose from. We are open Monday through Saturday 9-5, Sundays 10-4. Rain or shine.

Unfortunately, Due to the current Covid 19 situation and restrictions, we must cancel all fruit tree pruning classes this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Very Sorry,
Jeff



Bald Mountain Nursery, January 2021 Newsletter and Fruit Tree Pruning Class Dates

Bare root season is now in full swing. We have our fruit trees in stock now and are selling briskly. Bare root shade trees will be in within a couple of weeks and a few more miscellaneous fruit trees. Blueberries, cane berries, figs, and pomegranates in pots are in as well.

Most standard sized fruit trees and semi-dwarf fruit trees are $26.00. There are exceptions. Complete price lists for bare root fruit trees and bare root shade trees are available at the nursery or via email by request.

Bare root season goes now through the end of February. The selection of fruit trees is very large, but don’t wait till the end of the season to shop. Once a variety is sold out, it is gone until next year’s bare root season. At the end of February, the trees that are left, which should be few, are potted up and sold later in the year and the price is higher after we pot them.

We also still have our full regular inventory for whatever you might need.

Bare root roses are now available as well.

We have a large selection of roses to choose from. We sell them bare root until the end of February and after that they are sold only in pots.

  • Roses are $18.00 bare root or $23.00 in pots.
  • 36″ Tree Roses are $48.00 each, staked and in pots.
  • 24″ Tree Roses are $35.00 each, staked and in pots.
  • 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $52.00 (Two varieties on one trunk)

Again, complete list is available via email or can be picked up at the nursery.

It’s time for the second dormant spraying on your fruit trees if you have not done it already. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil and spray the entire tree including the trunk. If you have not done any spraying yet, get one done now and wait a couple of weeks and do the second and then the third and final spraying should be done in February just before bud break. I spray all trees in the orchard to help kill overwintering insects and to help prevent diseases such as leaf curl and fireblight. It helps to reduce aphid problems in the spring as well.

Onion Plants Will be Arriving the second week of January

We will have the following:

  • Candy (Yellow Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid)
  • Red Candy Apple (Deep Red, Flat Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid)
  • Walla Walla (Yellow, Semi Flat Shape, Sweet)
  • Yellow Spanish (Globe Shape, Mild)
  • Red Wing (Red, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent)
  • Red Torpedo Tropea (Red, Torpedo Shape, Sweet)

Onions are $6.50 per bunch. There are 50-75 plants per bunch.

Seed Potatoes will be in soon as well. We are just waiting for shipping at this point, which will depend on the weather in transit. But I expect them within the next two weeks.

Asparagus and rhubarb will ship next week. However, please call ahead as it seems shipping is taking longer than usual these days.

We will be having our fruit tree pruning classes later this month.

Fruit Tree Pruning Class Dates

  • January 23rd and 24th @ 10am
  • January 30th and 31st @ 10 am

All classes are free of charge. No reservation is necessary. Free coffee and hot chocolate is available at the classes.

I will demonstrate pruning of fruit trees and also will demonstrate the pruning of roses for the late winter early spring season. The demonstration usually lasts about an hour or so and I will answer any questions you may have. If we have rain on any of the dates, we will reschedule since we have them here at the nursery orchard, and prune the trees in the orchard.

We hope to see you soon for your bare root or other planting needs and at one or more of the fruit tree pruning classes.

Jeff


Bare Root Fruit Trees Are In.

Our bare root fruit trees are in and ready for sale. Shop early for the best selection. If you would like a price list, email me and I can send one to you via email. Our list is also available for download. It’s an excellent time to get your fruit trees in. The selection is great right now.

We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Bare Root Fruit Trees Heeled In And Ready For Sale

Dave Wilson Nursery is the supplier of our quality fruit trees.

  • Open 9-5 Monday Through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.
  • Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
  • 530-743-4856

2021 Bare Root Roses are in and we are getting them ready for sale

They should all be done by the end of the day Wednesday the 16th. Tree roses will be ready by Friday the 18th.

All of the bare root roses are now in and getting ready for sale.

  • $18.00 each for bare root bush or climber roses. If you would rather take it in the pot, they are $23.00.
  • 36″ Tree Roses $48.00 each.
  • 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $52.00 (Two varieties on one tree)
  • 24″ Tree Roses $35.00 each.

Bare Root Fruit Trees will be coming soon. I will send an additional email when they are in.


December 2020 Newsletter

Lots of things going on in December. Our bare root roses are due in the week of December 8th. Once they arrive we will get them ready for sale. So hopefully they will be ready to go by the 12th. The bare root fruit trees will be in late in the month. We will begin working them as soon as they arrive. This usually happens the week before Christmas, but I don’t have that confirmed yet, and hopefully will be ready for sale right after Christmas. I will send out emails as soon as things are in and ready to go. Complete lists of fruit trees and roses are available at the nursery, or request one and I can send it to you via email.

If you are wanting bare root fruit trees, don’t delay when they arrive. We usually don’t re-order unless it is a substantial quantity and depending on availability which it appears is going to be tight this year. So when things are gone, they are likely gone for the year. Also, we cannot hold any items without payment. You can pre-order from our list and pay, and we will tag them and set them aside so you are sure to get what you want. And then you can pick them up when you are ready as long as they are picked up before the end of February. We cannot hold any fruit trees without payment in full.

Dormant Spraying

Fruit trees should have lost their leaves by now. Your first dormant spraying should have been done last week or this week. If you have not done it, you should get your first dormant spraying done. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or neem oil and spray the entire tree. Spray all of your deciduous fruit trees. Even if leaf curl is not an issue, it will help to prevent other diseases and to kill overwintering insects. Be sure you get this done 3 times throughout the dormant season. The second application is due around Christmas and the third should be done around Valentines day. Watch your trees closely for the third application. If we have a warm February, they may start to break dormancy early. The last application needs to be done before the trees bloom.

Blueberries, Cane Berries, Figs, Pomegranates, and Dogwoods, living Christmas Trees, and Japanese Maples are all In.

We have a nice selection of blueberries and cane berries in now. When you plant blueberries, be sure to add acid fertilizer. If you want to grow them in pots, which works very well, mix potting soil with fir bark and peet moss, 1/3 ratio of each, and add sulfur and acid fertilizer to the mix and you can grow them in pots. Pots or raised beds work much better for blueberries than straight into the ground because of the heavy clay soil. Now is a great time to plant blueberries and cane berries while the selection is good.

And our inventory is full for whatever else you may want and if we don’t have it, we can usually get it within a week.

Gift Certificates

We sell gift certificates for holiday giving. If you can’t make it in, we can sell them over the phone and mail them to you or to the recipient. Just call and let us know the amount and pay over the phone and we will send it. Or you can come in and buy it.

We will be closed the 24th and 25th for Christmas and will be closed the 1st of January for New Year.

Open 9 to 5 Monday – Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday
530-743-4856

We hope to see you soon
Jeff


November 2020 Newsletter

Fall feels like it is here. The nights are nice and cool and the days very comfortable. It is the best planting time of all the seasons. Fall is the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs as you can see in the diagram above. The diagram shows a tree but the same logic applies to shrubs. FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS. Take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having and get fall planting done now. Your fall installed plants will do much better next summer than those planted in the spring. Plant wildflower seeds this month as well when the rains start coming regularly.

Dormant Spray on Fruit Trees

This month you will need to be thinking about spraying your first dormant spray on your fruit trees to prevent leaf curl. Use liquid copper and horticultural oil or Neem oil with the copper to spray the trees when they are dormant. Looking at the orchard here at the nursery, it looks like about 3 weeks or so and they will need their first spraying. Once the trees have lost their leaves, is when you want to do your first application. You will do two more applications after for a total of three. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines Day are easy dates to remember. But you have to watch the weather and the trees. Sometimes they will not have lost all of their leaves by Thanksgiving and if we get a warm snap in February, the final spaying will need done earlier. But be sure to get 3 sprayings done to prevent leaf curl. I spray all my trees in the orchard. It helps to stop other diseases such as fireblight and it also kills over wintering insects. It’s also a good idea to rake up the old leaves to help prevent disease and insect problems too. Don’t neglect this task or you will have leaf curl next spring which puts the trees under stress and they do not produce well and have to suffer through the summer, when a healthy treated tree has no problems getting through.

Blueberries, Cane Berries, Figs, and Pomegranates arriving soon

Our blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, raspberries, figs and pomegranates will be arriving during the month of November. They usually arrive the middle of the month. I will send out an email as soon as they come in. When you plant blueberries, add some soil sulfur and peat moss to create an acid environment for them. If you are going to grow them in a pot, mix pine or fir bark 50/50 with the potting soil. Blueberries like good drainage so if planting in the ground, be sure to amend the soil very well.

Asparagus, Rhubarb, and Strawberries will arrive in January. This is a change from the past.

Blue Spruce, Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, and Rhododendrons

Our shipment of living Christmas Trees such as Blue Spruce will be shipped this week or next week. We will also be receiving peonies, erica, weeping redbud, and more. Japanese Maples, Dogwoods and Rhododendrons arrived last month and the selection is still very good. As soon as the Christmas trees arrive we have them inspected by the county and then they are ready for sale. I will let everyone know as soon as they are in and ready to go.

Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees

Bare root roses will be arriving in mid December and bare root fruit trees will arrive in late December. We have complete lists available at the nursery, or you can email me and I can send you lists via email. I will notify via email when things arrive.

Gift Certificates

We have gift certificates available for holiday giving. We can sell them over the phone via credit card and send the gift certificate to you or direct to the recipient. We do not sell them online.

Regular Hours Year Round

A reminder on our hours. We are here 9-5 Monday through Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. We do not change our hours for winter or close because of rain. We frequently get questions about that so I just want to let everyone know that nothing changes for winter or rain.

We will be closed November 28th for Thanksgiving.

We also close December 24th and 25th for Christmas.

NOVEMBER SPECIALS

ONE GALLON SHRUBS $4.95

Bottlebrush, Escallonia fradesii, Moraea, Purple Hopseed Bush, Green Hopseed Bush, Pineapple Guava, New Zealand Tea Tree, Tuscan Blue Rosemary, White Butterfly Bush, Myoporum.

FIVE GALLON SHRUBS $17.50

Crape Myrtle, Red Bottlebrush, Little John Bottlebrush, Green Hopseed Bush, Escallonia fradesii, Grevillea Canberra, New Zealand Tea Tree.

Special prices limited to stock on hand and good through November.

Very nice fall weather we are having this year. Get out and enjoy it and we hope to see you soon.

Jeff

Open Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4.
530-743-4856