Here are a couple of ideas for you to do that will help you with your pests this SPRING!
If you have broad-leaved weeds in your lawn already, and if hand weeding seems too onerous to you, apply herbicides to them (but do so on a day relatively free from wind). Payne’s carries different products – both conventional and organic – that will kill weeds in your lawn, stop by and ask our gardening experts what would be best for your lawn.
Before they have a chance to flower or set and distribute their seeds, dig up invading clumps of dandelions (get those roots!).
Regarding newly planted trees, to prevent first-year, trunk sun-scald on exposed sites, paint the trunks with a dilute solution of 1 part water-based interior white latex paint (cheapest grade works just fine!) mixed with 5 to 10 parts water or use tree wrap. If you use tree wrap, please remove it early next Spring or as soon as the tree leafs out, because the tree wrap may provide a protected space for insects to hide. Tree wrap is available at both stores.
Be on the alert for aphids sucking the juices of your tender young plant-shoots and buds, and for cutworms, which look like little, hairless caterpillars and curl around tender young plant-stems at ground level, chewing through them like tiny buzz saws. Our gardening professionals will assist you in the best pest control for your needs.
Birds, too, can be a nuisance this time of year, as any farmer knows: they often eat newly sown seeds, and some species will nip young shoots of vegetable transplants and certain annuals.
TJ’S TIP: Here’s a tip that may help deter the birds. Attach several strips of reflective tape – also known as “scare tape” – to stakes near your plants. The reflection sometimes will scare the birds away. You can purchase this tape at both Payne’s locations.
MANY OF YOU ARE KICKING BACK AND ENJOYING YOUR BACKYARDS NOW THAT IT HAS WARMED UP AND THE THREAT OF FREEZE IS GONE…
however, for some of our customers – where they live has complicated matters. Just south of the city in the Seton Village area, our customers experienced a wild hail storm last evening. The experienced gardener living in the area knows to wait closer to May 30. Unfortunately the ‘Newbies’ and those who cannot wait went ahead and planted their gardens and had them turned to mush. It is now time to start over.
As a local nursery, we understand our area’s unpredictable weather and keep restocking our greenhouses with new plant material to fill all of our customers needs. If your plants were damaged by the hail storm and are well-rooted, give them a supplemental feeding. They should recover. If you need to replenish, we still have a good selection of annuals and perennials. Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Last week the Garden Guru said that whenever you’re planting anything — whether it’s a tree or shrub or a perennial… the most important thing to remember is soil preparation! You only really have that first chance to prepare the soil adequately. If you don’t do it adequately, you really can’t dig it up later on and do it again once you’ve planted. If you’re planting vegetables or annuals, of course, that’s a different matter because every spring you can start over. Lynn said it’s more important to prepare the soil than it is to actually plant additional plants.
To prepare your soil, think about getting something organic to mix into your existing soil — what he’s talking about are things that occur naturally — like if you went to a lumber yard, there would be by products like sawdust and ground-up bark or if you go to one of the horse shelters around Santa Fe — there’s horse manure, etc. Listen to Lynn’s tip on why soil preparation is so important!
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.
Petunias from Payne’s Nurseries from this Spring!
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