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April Tips of the Month

April Tips of the Month

ANNOUNCEMENTS   In the Months of APRIL and MAY we will set aside a few days for aerating and fertilizing your lawn UPON REQUEST.    What is aeration?         Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere.  Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration.  Why is aeration important?         Foot...
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March Tips of the Month

March Tips of the Month

Welcome Spring!   PLANTING Plant Perennials and Cutting Flowers- Early spring is one of the best times to get perennials started in the garden, such as columbine, correa, lavender, penstemon, phygelius, rosemary, salvia, and yarrow.  It is also time to sow flower seeds such as asters, cosmos, cleomes, lobelias, lunarias, marigolds, nicotianas, sunflowers and zinnias in flats or directly into the garden.  For those eager gardeners, starting March 15th, after “last” frost, you can begin to plan the vegetable gardens.   MAINTENANCE   Spraying –...
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February Tips of the Month

February Tips of the Month

DORMANT SPRAY FRUIT TREES Pests that appear on lush new spring growth are eliminated or greatly reduced by properly applying dormant sprays now.  They effectively kill the over wintering eggs of aphids, mites, most scales, plus many other pests and some plant diseases that are now in their most vulnerable stage. For most fruit trees apply a fixed copper or a lime-sulfur mixed with horticultural oil.  For apricots use only fixed copper.  The lime-sulfur may kill the apricot tree. *Seasonal spraying of trees is not included in our regular maintenance...
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January Tips of the Month

January Tips of the Month

            DORMANT SPRAY FRUIT TREES Pests that appear on lush new spring growth are eliminated or greatly reduced by properly applying dormant sprays now.  They effectively kill the over wintering eggs of aphids, mites, most scales, plus many other pests and some plant diseases that are now in their most vulnerable stage. For most fruit trees apply a fixed copper or a lime-sulfur mixed with horticultural oil.  For apricots use only fixed copper.  The lime-sulfur may kill the apricot tree. *Seasonal spraying of trees is not...
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December Tips of the Month

December Tips of the Month

  Save Water During the Winter Months Installing a rain sensor to your existing irrigation controller can reduce your water bill during the rainy season.  The Hunter Mini-Clik Rain Sensor hydrates and dehydrates at the same rate as soil and is adjustable to detect 1/8”-1” of rainfall.  When it rains it will shut your system down temporarily and prevent water waste.  The Hunter sensor is compatible with most controllers and cost range from $200 to $250 installed.  Please call to schedule the installation of this water saving...
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November Tips of the Month

November Tips of the Month

Planting Plant Cool-Season Annuals – Consider adding early blooming annuals such as dianthus, Iceland poppies, pansies, snapdragons, violas and ornamental cabbage.  For shady areas set out cyclamen, and English & fairy primroses. Fall Veggies – It’s a good time to start winter crop vegetable like kale, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, lettuce, radishes and any root crops.  Seeds should be started inside to protect the seedlings from frost. Plant Spring Bulbs- Plant your spring bulbs this month through January.  North County should...