What To Plant

  • Start annual morning glories from seed this month and establish them in the garden or a pot by summer! Morning glories are one of the most stunning of the old fashioned garden flowers. Flowers are huge – three to five inches across – and bright, colorful clear blue, purple or pink. Best of all, morning glories are easy!

Plant Protection

  • Now is the time to hang Yellow Jacket Traps. Early spring is the time to capture the colony’s queens thus exponentially reducing the yellow jackets in the area later in the year.

  • Continue to protect new plantings from slugs and snails with pet safe Sluggo or Master Snail, Slug & Insect Control.

  • Grub control for lawn. Now is the time to apply beneficial nematodes for an earth friendly approach.

  • Control broadleaf weeds in the lawn with Master Green Weed and Feed; it fertilizes while it weeds.

  • The toughest broadleaf lawn weeds are easily controlled at this time by spraying with Monterey Spurge Power. Oxalis (yellow flowered clover look alike) can now be controlled (amazingly) in most lawns.

  • The warm weather has also brought out the aphids. Check the tender new growth on roses, ornamentals, fruit trees and vegetables. Hose them off with a stream of water. Control out of hand populations with Ladybugs, or use one of our effective earth friendly sprays.

Fertilizers

  • If you didn't feed in March, make sure to fertilize all your plants to support and nurture all the beautiful spring growth.

  • Citrus perform well with regular light feedings of specially formulated citrus fertilizer. Read the directions on the citrus fertilizer bag and feed accordingly, or try dividing the entire recommended year's supply of fertilizer for each tree into 8 equal portions, giving the tree a little bit each month from March through October (8 months). This will ensure that your tree gets a nice even supply of food instead of occasional periods of highs or lows. Come winter, we don't recommend encouraging new growth so only supplement with iron at this time.  We recommend Master Nursery Citrus Food, or for a completely organic approach, use Dr. Earth Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer. Make quarterly applications of Iron Sulfate for optimum feeding and greening.

Maintenance

  • Don't let your lawn fall victim to H2O addiction.  As the weather warms, gardeners are tempted to over-water everything, including the lawn.  If you are watering your lawn (or your shrubs) every day, the likelihood of fungal diseases dramatically increases; soilborne fungi thrive in water saturated soil conditions.  Also, lawns that have never needed to "look deep" for water may burn away with the stress of summer's first heat wave.  Do your lawn a favor, make it search for water by holding off at least a day, if not two or three, between deep thorough watering.

  • Raise the height of your lawnmower to 2 ½ -3 inches for the summer. Taller grass survives hot temperatures better and helps shade out weed invaders.

  • Prune azaleas and camellias into shape, after their blooms have faded. Begin to feed them with Master Nursery’s Camellia, Azalea and Gardenia Food and Iron Plus. Feed monthly through October.