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


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


September 2020 Newsletter

The weather will be getting cooler soon. Fall is on the way soon. Long range temperature trend is for low to mid 90’s over the next couple of weeks with the temperature off a degree every day. FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR PLANTING.

We have an excellent selection for fall planting and if we don’t have it in stock we can get it usually within a week.

Fall fertilizing should be done this month. Use a balanced fertilizer for most of your trees and shrubs. We carry 15-15-15 in 50 pound bags and organic all purpose fertilizer in 6#, 25# and 50# bags. If you have only a few plants, we also have it in 1# boxes. Be sure to fertilize your deciduous plants and perennials before they show signs of dormancy. Give your tomatoes a balanced fertilizer now and you should get more production out of them for another month, maybe longer. With the cooler weather coming, trees and perennials will start to go into dormancy probably later in the month or early October. Weather depending. Fertilize citrus now, then let them go through the winter without feeding but do protect them if there is freezing weather in the winter. Use a citrus fertilizer on your citrus trees. Give roses fertilizer now and enjoy some more blooms before the winter. This should be the last feeding for your roses. Use a rose fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer for your roses. Fertilize lawns with a winterizer fertilizer for going through the winter. Wait to fertilize Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias until after they have bloomed. You don’t want to promote growth now because it will be at the expense of blooms in the early spring. They should be fertilized 3 times after bloom, each 30 days apart.

Winter vegetables are now in at the nursery. We will continue to stock them through October. Get them in when it is still warm enough to get development of roots and plant. Mid to late September and October are good times to plant.

Daffodil and Tulip bulbs will be in soon. Plant them in the fall for spring blooms.

Onion Sets, Garlic bulbs, Shallots, and Elephant Garlic will be in soon. I will send out an email when they arrive.

Continue with deep soaking of your trees and regular watering of your shrubs and plants. You may start to cut back on amounts now though. Nights and days are cooler and days getting shorter so the ground does not dry out as quickly as it did in July and August. Yay!!! Fall is on the way! My favorite time of the year.

September Specials

  • 1 gallon Crape Myrtle Bush $6.95 each
  • 5 gallon Crape Myrtle Bush $19.50 each
  • 15 gallon Tuscarora Crape Myrtle Bush $39.00
  • 15 gallon Walnut Trees $45.00 each

5 gallon Shrubs $17.50 each.

Choose from:

  • Photinia fraserii
  • Purple Hopseed Bush
  • Green Hopseed Bush
  • Little John Bottlebrush
  • Pineapple Guava
  • Lemon Bottlebrush
  • Munstead Lavender

1 Gallon Trees $6.95 each. Choose from:

  • Calabrian Pine
  • Italian Stone Pine
  • Japanese Black Pine
  • Incense Cedar
  • Coast Redwood Seedling
  • Southern Magnolia

All special prices are limited to stock on hand and expire September 30th.

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff


July 2020 Newsletter

ONE GALLON PERENNIALS ON SALE – $4.95 EA. ALL IN FULL BLOOM NOW. ADD COLOR TO YOUR LANDSCAPE. PERENNIALS COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR AND BLOOM IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER. ONE GALLON LAVENDER, $6.95 EACH. 5 VARIETIES TO CHOOSE FROM.

This year has been a very nice spring and early summer. Any hot periods have only lasted a couple of days and then it cools back down. Very nice weather for your landscape whether new plantings or established plantings.

With summer here and longer days, it gives a lot of time for gardening. Do your planting early in the day or in the evening if possible so it is easier on you. Plants will handle the transplant just fine but do make sure you give additional water for the first week or two after planting to make sure it is kept well hydrated. Also be sure to mulch to hold the moisture in the ground. Water the new planting well, and then water in with Superthrive mixed in water. This will eliminate any transplant shock that may occur. Keep the plant moist but not soggy while it is getting it’s root system established. If you are using a timed drip system that runs for very short periods, you will need to supplement with a hose periodically. A slow trickle for an hour or two works well about once or twice a week along with the drip system. Mulch well around your trees and shrubs to keep the moisture in the ground. Use 3″ of mulch.

On the subject of watering whether newly planted or established plantings, when there is a spike in temperatures coming, be sure to give extra water. Make sure all shrubs and trees are well watered going into the temperature spike rather than waiting till afterwards. Sometimes the stress on the plant will be too much if too dry. Signs of not enough water will include crisp edges of leaves, wilting in the heat and perhaps shedding some foliage soon after extreme heat. If you see any of these symptoms, you probably should increase the amount of water or mulch or perhaps a combination of the two. If you see any stress on your plants, treat them with Superthrive mixed with water. This product eliminates transplant shock and also revives plants under stress. We do all of our transplanting here at the nursery during the summer months and we use Superthrive on all of our transplants and cuttings that we do.

Crape myrtles are now starting to bloom here and in landscapes. They love the heat. Although crape myrtle is a very drought tolerant plant, it will bloom much nicer with at least one good deep soak a week. Also spray for aphids if you see sticky shiny leaves. Use neem oil or an insecticide or insecticidal soap. Any of these are better sprayed in the evening so that there is no damage to the leaves from the heat of the day.

Vegetable gardens probably need fertilizing about now. If you fertilized when you planted, it’s about time to give the garden another fertilizing and then again sometime in August to keep your plants healthy and productive. Use a vegetable fertilizer for this. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers as they will cause growth at the expense of production. Organic vegetable fertilizers work well because they feed slowly and there is less chance of burning the plants in warm weather. Mulch your garden too, to hold the moisture in and use less water. If you are experiencing blossom end rot on your tomatoes and squash, add calcium to your soil. We carry oyster shell and bone meal to add calcium to the soil.

Watch for tomato worms. If you see them, use BT or Monterey Garden Insect Spray to get rid of them. Both are organic controls. Or just pull them off and get rid of them.

Hopefully the weather continues nice and mild for the summer as it has up to this point for the most part. Get out early and enjoy the cool of the morning and do some gardening. It’s a great way to start the day.

We will be closed on The 4th of July.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff


June 2020 Newsletter

June looks like it is starting off very nice except for a couple of warm days (okay they were HOT). The rest of the spring has been nice except for a couple of hot days. Overall it’s been great spring planting weather and looks like the weather will stay nice for the next couple of weeks at least.

WATERING

Watering becomes much more important to make sure it is done well as the weather warms up. When watering trees, be sure to give established trees a deep soak once or twice a week depending on temperatures. Newly planted trees should be watered daily for the first week or so then cut back to about two or three times per week. Do not give short daily watering. Give good deep soaks. A good rule to use is to give 10 gallons of water per week for every inch of trunk diameter and be sure to soak to a depth of at least 12 inches. On larger trees you’ll want to soak to a depth of 2 to 3 feet. Use slow drip and let it run long enough to soak deep. Add 3″ of mulch around your trees and shrubs to hold the moisture in the ground and not allow it to evaporate. Mulching garden beds and vegetable gardens should also be done. Deep soaking and mulching encourages a deep healthy root system so that trees and shrubs and new plantings can go through hot spells with no adverse effects on the plant and you will use less water.

FERTILIZING

It’s time for your second fertilizing of the season if you have not done it already. Use a balanced fertilizer for most trees and shrubs. Be sure to water your plants well the day before you are going to fertilize and then fertilize and water the fertilizer in well. DO NOT fertilize on a very hot day. It is very easy to burn plants with fertilizer if you fertilize on a very hot day. Nitrogen portion of the fertilizer moves with water and plants are moving lots of water in the heat. Fertilize in the evening and look for temperatures in low to mid 90’s as a high or less for fertilizing. Fertilize citrus trees monthly through the growing season. Use a citrus and avocado fertilizer. Rhododendrons azaleas and camellias are about due for their third and final fertilizing. They are fertilized 3 times, each 30 days apart, after they are done blooming.

JUNE SPECIAL

#1 GALLON PERENNIALS $4.95 EACH

Yarrow, Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, Gaura, Verbena, Gaillardia, Teucrium, Lantana, Salvia, Santa Barbara Daisy, Agastache.

CITRUS LEAF MINER

Citrus Leaf Miner can be a problem for citrus trees. It looks a bit like snail tracks in the leaf of the citrus tree and affects primarily the new growth. The new growth curls and looks shriveled with lines looking like snail trails in them. Treat this with Monterey Garden Insect Spray. We carry it. The active ingredient is Spinosad. It is OMRI listed for organic gardening. It is absorbed into the leaf and kills the leaf miner. We spray and then wait a few days and prune out the affected area. Treatment can be done weekly. This will take care of the problem.

MULCH MULCH MULCH

Be sure to mulch all new plantings and re mulch older plants. Use 3″ of mulch around your plants. Keep the mulch away from the immediate base of the plant. Mulching keeps the ground and roots of your plants cooler and holds the moisture in the soil. New plantings will do much better, no matter what the temperature, if they are watered well and mulch is used. You can cut your water use by up to 50% by mulching and your plants will do so much better. You can use shredded bark or chunk bark or compost or even gravel will work as mulch but gravel will reflect heat onto your plants so for some plant If you aren’t mulching, I would strongly advise that you do. Your plants will get through hot spells with no adverse effects, this is not a good choice. With mulching, you can plant any time of the year with no adverse effects. IT REALLY HELPS!

BLOSSOM END ROT

If you experience blossom end rot on tomatoes and squash, you want to add calcium to the soil. The bottom of the tomato and the ends of the squash will shrivel and become brown or black. If you add calcium at the first sign of this, the problem will be corrected fairly quickly. We carry bone meal, and oyster shell lime. The bone meal and oyster shell are organic products. We also have a product called Foli Cal which is a foliar spray calcium which will also correct blossom end rot.

APHIDS AND FUNGUS PROBLEMS

Aphids will be bad as the weather warms. Some problems have already started. For control of aphids, Neem Oil works well and is an organic pesticide. It also works as a fungicide so it does double duty. Use it every two weeks on roses and control aphids and fungus such as powdery mildew, rust and blackspot. It will also control aphids and powdery mildew on Crape Myrtles. We also have a product called Monterey Take Down Garden Spray. It is not organic but it works very well for controlling aphids and other insects. It is pyrethrin and canola oil. With all insecticides, be careful not to spray when bees are present. Better to spray late evening or very early morning when bees are not active, to avoid injuring bees.

HOURS ARE 9 TO 5 MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10-4 SUNDAY.

We are open everyday. Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4..

We’ve had a very nice spring this year which the plants really have liked. The inventory is full and looking good. All of our plants are fully acclimated to our climate. We don’t protect them under shade cloth so they can go into your landscape and not miss a beat because they are used to the weather. We do keep shade loving plants in the shade here at the nursery. If for some reason we don’t have what you are looking for, we can order it and usually have it here in a week.

This time of year here at the nursery we start doing lots of cleaning and maintenance in our growing ground. We shift plants from smaller pots to larger pots to grow. We will be cleaning mats and we will have many one of a kind or overstock items going into the parking lot reduced price area over the next few weeks. Be sure to check it out when you come in. You may find a great price on a plant you could use.

Enjoy this beautiful spring weather we are having.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


April Newsletter 2020

This is certainly a unique spring season to say the least. February was the driest we’ve seen and then March made up for it a bit. April has started out fairly wet but it looks as though it is going to be seasonal for the next couple of weeks at least. And of course their is the whole Covid-19 issue.

A reminder that we have changed our hours for the month of April at least during the current situation

Open Tuesday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4. Closed Mondays. As soon as things get back to normal, so will our hours.

Many 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 moist ground and 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.

Keep on top of the aphid problems and the fungus problems which might be worse than usual following a wet March. 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. With the wet spring we are having fungus will be a problem. 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.

It will soon be the optimal time to plant your vegetable garden because the soil will be warming up more quickly as the night time temperatures are not so cold. We are restocking vegetable starts and seeds weekly. Demand is exceptionally high this year and we are restocking as fast as we can. Vegetable starts come in Tuesday or Wednesday every week and we will continue to restock weekly through the spring planting season. Seedling plants as well as seeds should do well in the warmer soil, so plan your gardens. The root vegetables such as radishes, carrots (we suggest the short stubbier carrots in the areas with heavy clay), turnips, and beets should do well, too. When planting corn in your veggie garden, keep in mind that the pollen transfer is by the wind, so corn should be planted in blocks of parallel rows – not in a single row. If you run your rows north south, then that is the prevailing direction of winds and will help with pollination. In preparing your garden use a vegetable fertilizer and be sure to add calcium to prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes and squash. I also add kelp meal and bone meal which helps with disease prevention (the kelp meal) and helps with faster root development (the bone meal). Mulch your vegetable garden with compost or straw which will help control weeds and reduce the water you use. With a good layer of mulch, you can give a good soak to your garden about once a week during the cooler spring and maybe twice a week during the hot part of the summer. I used straw from cleaning the barn on my garden and it works very well. One customer said she used alfalfa as mulch and you get the benefit of the calcium and nitrogen as the hay breaks down. Something to consider.

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 are becoming more available now. Marigolds, alyssum, petunias, and other summer annuals are starting to come in. As the season progresses, they will be more plentiful

We are having nice weather this year for spring in spite of the other news. Enjoy the spring in your landscape and garden. It is a nice place to put all the other stuff aside for a while.

We will be closed Easter Sunday, 4/12/20.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Jeff


WE ARE OPEN OUR REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS

We are open our regular hours.

Monday through Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4.

WE WILL STAY OPEN OUR REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.


I have been getting lots of phone calls asking if we are open or adjusting our hours.

WE ARE NOT CHANGING OUR HOURS. WE WILL REMAIN OPEN OUR NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.

We have lots of open space which lends itself to social distancing, we are in a rural setting without crowds. We are cleaning and sanitizing areas daily and multiple times a day for carts, door knobs and all other frequently used surfaces. We have hand sanitizer available at the checkout. We can write up orders outside and customers will never have to enter the building if that is their preference.

We have vegetable starts in now, citrus trees are fully stocked now, fruit trees are available in pots, and our nursery is full with all kinds of plants for your spring gardening.

We appreciate your business and truly hope to see you soon.
Jeff
530-743-4856


MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER

After a dry February and dry start to March, it looks like things are starting to change to a bit more wet at least for the next few days. Very good news. Looks like a good soaking rain for the weekend which will keep the grass green and help with all newly planted and established plants as well.

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.

Seed potatoes are now available. We have Red, Russet, and Kenebec. They sell for $2.50 a pound. If you’ve never grown seed potatoes, they are very easy to do. And the potatoes you get when you grow your own are much better than the ones you buy at the store. To plant them, cut them into pieces with two eyes per piece. Let the pieces you cut dry enough to scab over the cut. Plant the pieces in the soil about 8 to 12 inches deep and add the dirt back over as they grow and even mound up as the plants grow. The roots under ground produce the potatoes.

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 now have some of our summer vegetable starts for those who are ready to plant them now. If you are unsure if it time to plant, 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.

The Yuba City Home and Garden Show has been rescheduled to May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. We will be there.

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