JUST RECEIVED MESA GLOW MAPLES at the North Store Only!

07020aThe North store will be receiving a shipment of Mesa Glow Maples. These are very special trees and are perfect for Northern New Mexico. The tree’s drought tolerance, cold hardiness, and adaptability make this upright selection of the native Bigtooth Maple a top choice for our area. Glossy leaves and bold fall color distinguish this selection made by Rolston St. Hilaire of New Mexico State University.

Photo courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son, Co.

THIS JULY HEAT WILL DRY UP YOUR GARDEN BEDS!

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TIposyscoop-1ME TO MULCH YOUR TREES AND SHRUBS!

Want to know a great way to reduce your need for watering your trees and shrubs?

One of the most important secrets to successful gardening in New Mexico is mulch, mulch, mulch. Especially in the heat of the summer. The mulch acts as a barrier against the heat of the day and keeps in the moisture. A great way to save on watering, especially since this JULY heat is so dry and the monsoons are slowly rolling in! A 4″ layer of mulch is a good depth for inhibiting soil moisture evaporation and protecting soaker hoses from biodegrading under our UV.

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.

Come by and ask Sam McCarthy, the manager of Payne’s Organic Soil Yard (POSY), all about top quality soils and mulches. He’ll let you know why POSY is the best choice for all your yard and garden needs. Bring your pick-up or dump truck or we’ll deliver.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

WHAT TO DO IN JULY? FERTILIZATION, SOIL PREPARATION and WATERING!

Keep wawateringtering your garden regularly since it hasn’t been raining as in previous years. Remember that a few deep waterings a week (1 hour minimum on a drip system or soaker hose) are much better for your plants than many brief, shallow waterings. Shallow waterings encourage your plants’ roots to stay near the soil surface, where they can be dried out easily by our intense sunlight.

And speaking of mulch, your spring-spread organic mulch has probably decomposed by now, so you may want to renew it with another couple of inches of bark, compost, or Payne’s Soil Conditioner.

It’s also time again to fertilize your spring-blooming perennials and flowering shrubs so that the energy they expended flowering can be replaced against the oncoming stresses of winter.

PAYNE’S RECOMMENDS:

We recommend a slow-release organic fertilizer like Yum-Yum™ Mix and Gro-Power. There are several other organic and non-organic fertilizers available at both our stores, so come by and check them out.

TJs TIP: Don’t forget that even though we’re finally getting some rains, don’t let it fool you, a “slow rain” like a drizzle is much better than a HEAVY rain because the soil absorbs the water better if it comes slowly!

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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SUMMER, FALL, and CHRISTMAS … ALL IN ONE!

As I get older, time seems to pass quicker. Just yesterday, we were planting vegetable seedlings and getting ready for our frost-free date. Today, we just finished planting the second crop of Poinsettias for Christmas sales. Like the fashion industry, we are always working opposite of what the season may be.

But, don’t fret, we still have a good selection of annuals to get you through all the summer events and we also have a new crop of garden mums. This are ready for you to transplant into your gardens for Fall color. Next week, we will start planting other fall flower crops. Come see the ever changing greenhouses.

HAPPY GARDENING!

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WHY ARE THE BOTTOM OF MY TOMATOES ROTTING?

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Last week the Garden Guru talked about tomatoes and how they really do love the heat! And sometimes in Santa Fe, when our night’s cool down so much — they actually slow the growth down of the tomato at night and then it has to restart again in the morning! Sometimes, this creates problems with tomatoes. Lynn said that Payne’s customers bring in tomatoes and they have a bad spot on the bottom of them — now the bottom is the spot that’s directly opposite where the stem is attached to the tomato and they’re wondering what is this and what can they do about. It’s called “Blossom End Rot”… and the thing to do about it is … well, listen to Lynn’s tip and see how to deal with the “bottom end rot”!

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.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK – PAYNE’S MOSS BASKET!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK!
AMAZING MOSS BASKET created by Valerie from Payne’s South.

If you have a photo taken in one of our greenhouses
or of your own garden or landscape that contains products from Payne’s,

please send it to info@paynes.com!

If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or other marketing materials, then you will receive
Gift Certificate from Payne’s for $25! Please make sure to give us your contact information in your email.