Now that Spring is just a little more than a month away, it’s time to treat your fruit trees and evergreens with horticultural oil spray, also known as dormant oil spray. We have everything you need, including expert tips, to help protect your trees. Dormant and horticultural oil sprays work by smothering overwintering insect eggs. Please make sure it’s above 50 degrees before you spray and before it freezes at night.
The first spray of the season should be applied as the buds on the tree or shrub begin to swell, but before they open.
CLICK HERE to learn more about how to use Dormant Oil.
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TJ’s TIP: Don’t spray when it’s windy and cover anything you don’t want oil to get on because it will be difficult to remove or clean.
One of the most important secrets to successful gardening in New Mexico is mulch, mulch, mulch. Composts make the best mulches because they improve the soil they cover. Bark mulches are used for decorative reasons or to hold compost mulch in place, but may interfere with nutrient cycling if directly in contact with the soil surface.
Composts can also be used as soil amendments. Northern New Mexico soils are very high in some minerals but usually very low in nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter. Organic matter is necessary not only for soil moisture retention, but also for maintaining adequate populations of beneficial soil microbes, essential in facilitating plant nutrient uptake. The right compost for your yard depends on the type of soil you have. In addition to the composts ready to load at POSY we can make custom blends to fit your soil needs.
Now that the weather is a little warmer, it’s a good idea to bring out the rake and start cleaning up any wet leaves that are still on your grass from last Fall BEFORE you even begin to THINK about watering!
Thick layers of wet leaves covering your lawn blocks your grass from receiving the air and sunlight that it needs to remain healthy. Some homeowners run a mulching mower over fallen leaves and let the cut-up pieces remain on the lawn, thinking that these mowed leaves are like mulch that will help-or at least not hurt-the lawn. It’s true that mulched leaves can be beneficial for topsoil. But it is vital that most of the mulched leaf pieces get down into the lawn rather than remain on top where they continue to prevent sun from reaching the grass blades.
Its also best to rake your wet leaves so they don’t create a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
February’s a great month to get your seeds for this year’s crop of annual flowers. Buy now and avoid the last minute rush, because by May 15th, our last official frost date, a lot of stores will have run out of the highest-demand seeds.
Our number #1 best-selling annual flower seed? Blue-flowered morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Clarke’s Heavenly Blue’), followed closely by sunflowers (Helianthus annuus).
If you have a greenhouse, fluorescent light plant-growing units, or a very sunny sunroom, late February isn’t too early to start seeds of begonias, petunias, pansies, violas, lobelias, and snapdragons, which take a long time to mature to blooming size.
We’ll have plenty of lovely annuals for sale in four-packs starting in March.
I often get asked if we sell Geraniums. When I ask the caller or customer what kind of geranium. I receive a rather puzzled look. “Are you looking for zonal, ivy, regal, scented or true geraniums?” Again the puzzled look. I believe that many of our customers are not aware of the fact that we carry many varieties not just many colors. Typically, they are looking for ‘pelargonium x hortorum’ (zonal) which is the most common and used as a houseplant or for outdoor summer color.
During the course of the season, we sell over 8,000 pots of just the zonal varieties. We, however, also sell Ivy (pelargonium peltatum) or as some call them trailing geraniums. We have regal (pelargonium domesticum) otherwise known as Martha Washington geraniums. We also stock the scented geraniums (pelargonium graveolens), which, are used mostly for potpourri or to ward off mosquitoes. The last is the true geranium, which is a perennial groundcover. The most common of these is Johnson’s Blue.
No matter which geranium you are looking for, we have you covered
Last week, the Garden Guru gave us a history lesson about the origins of Valentine’s Day. Legend has it that back during the Roman Empire, there was this guy named Valentinas and he had this habit of cutting hearts out of red parchment paper and handing them out to people that he would run across. Now some of the people that he gave them to were soldiers of the Roman army… and one of the things that he was doing that kind of got him into trouble was that he was performing weddings for lovesick soldiers!
Now weddings were frowned upon by the folks of the Roman army because they thought that soldiers have to keep their mind on fighting and nothing else. So when they found out who was performing these weddings they rounded up poor little Valentina and they threw him in jail. Well, in jail he met the jailer’s daughter and she was blind! Legend has it that somehow he cured her blindness and the jailer became kind of fond of this Valentinas guy! So the jailer did him some special favors! And just before his execution… WELL… you need to listen to the Garden Guru to find out what happened to Valentinas?
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
Good News for Pellet Stove Owners & Great News for the Environment! Get Your Tiny T’Embers From Payne’s North and South Stores!
Payne’s is proud to feature Tiny T’Embers wood pellets that are made in Albuquerque from recycled, clean, urban wood waste and/or forest restoration biomass. Choosing Tiny T’Embers can help minimize costly landfill usage and prevent devastating forest fires.