"The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn, the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me." James Russell Lowell
WEEKDAYS: 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
SUNDAYS: 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
July is shaping up to be a very hot and dry month here in Northern Nevada. Smart watering is essential now. On your designated water days, we want you to be watering between midnight and 10 AM.
Water in 15 minute increments and then start your stations over to repeat the cycle. You may find that you need to get down 1-1/2" to 2" of water a week, which may mean 30-45 minutes a station on your watering days. Do not water your lawn in the early evening. The temperature is still very warm at that time and this will create a perfect environment for fungus to grow in.
Kentucky Blue grass will go semi-dormant in the heat of the summer. You will notice that when you mow that your catch bag is not very full. While your lawn may not look quite as manicured, you should mow no lower then 2 inches. Fertilizing in the heat of the summer is stressful to an already stressed lawn.
If you feel that you must fertilize, we would only recommend a mild, organic fertilizer, like Dr. Earth, that won't burn.
Please come by and get a free watering guide which will detail how much water your trees, shrubs, and flowers will require. If you do not have a drip system incorporated into your irrigation system come by and we will show your how to water landscape plants more efficiently using this type of irrigation.
We have a Full Circle Compost news update. Starting this month we will be offering Kick, Boost, and Soar pre-bagged in a .5 cu.ft. bag. These products and Protect are also available in 1/2 yard and 1 yard bulk loads. The bulk loads will only be loaded into the back of a pickup or trailer since we use a tractor to load.
Greenhouse Garden Center will be having TWO Full Moon Madness sales this month, July 2nd and July 31st. All in-stock merchandise will be on sale nursery-wide from 8 AM to 7 PM.
The usual exemptions will apply - including sod, bulk, rocks, and services. This is your chance to get some great deals.
You can also redeem any orange and yellow Bonus Bucks that were accumulated in June. Finally, for anyone interested in starting a Bonsai Club here at Greenhouse Garden Center; there will be a meeting on Sunday, July 12th at 12 PM.
MAKE A PURCHASE AND COLLECT BONUS BUCKS
REDEEM BONUS BUCKS IN AUGUST.
REDEEM JUNE BONUS BUCKS NOW.
ATTEND A SEMINAR - RECEIVE A COUPON FOR UP TO 5 ITEMS AT A SAVINGS OF 15% - SEMINARS COST $2.00
FULL MOON MADNESS SALE - NURSERY WIDE - LIMITED TO
STOCK ON HAND, 8 AM – 7 PM
HAPPY JULY 4TH, CLOSED
Seminar, "Summer Pond Questions and Answers", Speaker - David Ruf, 9 AM
Seminar, "All About Pond Plants", Speaker - Elona Lathrop, 11 AM
Workshop, "Chive Cooking Presents", 11 AM
Bonsai Club with Naomi Borowick, 12 PM - 1PM, Bring A Lunch
Seminar, "Rockin' The Garden", Speaker - David Rug, 9 AM
Seminar, “Create A Fairy Garden”, Speakers - Nancy Bergan and Tiffany Wickham, 1 PM
FULL MOON MADNESS SALE - NURSERY WIDE - LIMITED TO
STOCK ON HAND, 8 AM – 7 PM
One of the most horrifying pests of the tomato plant is the tomato horn worm, who is really a very large caterpillar. The tomato horn worm is the larval form of the hawk or sphinx moth otherwise known as the hummingbird moth. It has a black horn projecting from one end, so hence its name.
The green color of the tomato horn worm acts as an effective camouflage so that the first signs you might notice are extensive chewing damage to stems, foliage and immature fruit. A voracious horn worm can defoliate a plant and leave nothing but stubby twigs in a matter of days.
Picking off the horn worms is the easiest method of control. BT, in a dust or spray, will also work well. This method of treatment will also kill eggs on the undersides of the leaves if it is applied to that area as well.
Tomato horn worms may also attack eggplants, peppers, and potatoes. If you experience heavy infestation, rototilling in late fall or early spring will cover or destroy pupae.
Squash bugs (aka stink bugs) are a stubborn pest that can decimate a squash plant, melon plant or cucumber plant very quickly. This little oval, gray-brown bug will suck the juices out leaves and stems causing them to become speckled, then wilt and blacken.
If you notice one that means there will be lots more of these pests in the near vicinity. They lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves. The eggs are reddish in color and can easily be scraped off.
Crop rotation is important in controlling squash bugs. Don't plant squash, melon or cucumbers in the same location as in the previous year. It is essential to also make sure all of this type of plant debris is cleaned up because these bugs will continue to feed on the debris. They will also overwinter very well in the plant debris.
Effective controls include squash bug sticky traps, Bonide 8, Malathion, garden dust, and pyrethrin liquids. Make sure to apply liquids and dust to the underside and tops of the leaves.
A common myth we all heard as children was that earwigs will burrow into peoples' ears while they sleep. Although this isn't true, earwigs present a frightening appearance with the pincers on their abdomen.
These reddish-brown insects are a chewing insect. They are nocturnal and the ragged holes in leaves and flowers they leave behind may be the only evidence you see of earwig problems.
They like dark, moist, warm conditions so summer is their time to be active. Earwigs can be controlled with earwig traps, Sluggo Plus, and Bonide 8.
Spider mites, an insect relative, are nearly invisible to the naked eye. A good way to see them is to place a sheet of white paper under an infested branch and tap on the branch. The spider mites will fall on the paper and miniscule moving dots will be observed.
Spider mites like hot, dry, dusty conditions (sounds like Northern Nevada). This sucking insect relative can literally kill a plant in a few months if the infestation is severe enough.
Infested plants have stippled leaves, with fading color from yellow to bronze. Plant parts may become distorted. Often there is dirty webbing present. Running your fingers over infested plants will give you a sensation of them being dusty or dirty.
By the time stippling and webbing is observed infestation is severe. Spider mites have a continuous life cycle and adults and eggs over-winter very well.
Hosing off plant material every few weeks is a good initial means of controlling spider mites. There are many good organic and synthetic chemical controls for spider mites. Read the label carefully, since not all insecticides are miticides.
We have expanded the vibrant watercolor line of Oregon wildlife artist Dean Crouser with our mini journals in our premier gift shop. They are very affordable and are a sweet enclosure that will make any gift extra special. Nancy B. has also added the Goldfinch plates and wall art to this line.
Greenhouse Garden Center is now stocking a new line of Diatomaceous Earth in a 5 pound bag from Bonide. Unlike other Diatomaceous Earth products, this is 100% DE. Insects that contact or ingest this product will die within 48 hours. Diatomaceous Earth is effective against crawling insects including grasshoppers, fleas, centipedes, bedbugs, millipedes, crickets, grain weevils, grain weevil moths cockroaches, ants, earwigs, slugs, and silverfish.
It can be used when animals are present and may be applied to livestock housing structures, barns, stables and pet kennels. This product may be applied to growing crops and stored grains including barley, buckwheat, corn, oats, rice, sorghum grain, wheat, and mixtures of these grains. Finally, this product may be used in food areas of food/feed handling establishments.
Flower Carpet roses have been around for the last several years and have become one of the most popular additions to landscapes. With their relatively short stature, 12" to 24" tall, they are easily maintained and come in a variety of colors. These roses have a long bloom time and repeat blooms. The blossom color does not fade in the heat of the summer. They show well in mass plantings.
They have a strong resistance to disease and require minimal pruning. Greenhouse Garden Center has a large selection or Flower Carpet Roses in many color choices.
Reapply Biodefend Snake Repellent With Extendex or Liquid Fence Snake Repellent at the beginning of the month. Both products are environmentally safe, easy to use, long lasting, and will not harm lawns or vegetation.
Test your pond water every month through the summer with Microbe-Lift 5 in 1 Test Strips, closely monitoring the alkalinity and pH. Rising temperatures cause high amounts of evaporation. Carefully add Pondcare pH Down so as not to shock the fish in a rapid adjustment period.
Fertilize water lilies every month with Jobes Organic Fertilizer Spikes. Reduce string algae by using a larger pump to move more water.
Plant cool season vegetables for fall harvesting.
Apply Casoron now to control fall grasses, if you have not used Casoron twice before.
Boxelder bugs (black with an orange X on the back) love to eat the seeds of boxelders, silver maples, and other soft-wood maples.
These pests can be controlled now by spraying with Sevin. Use Florel in the spring, when the trees are blooming, to prevent seed germination.
Fertilize the lawn, after the 15th, using Dr. Earth Lawn Food or Master Nursery Mastergreen Lawn Food. Fertilize the garden again too!
Continue hosing down all of your needled evergreens with a strong stream of water to help control spider mites. Remember, not all insecticides are miticides. Check your labels carefully to make sure mites are listed before treating for spider mites.
Neem Oil is a good all-purpose insecticide, miticide and fungicide - and it's organic, too!
Divide and replant any iris beds that are older than 3 years. Greenhouse Garden Center sells over 15 varieties of irises in a variety of colors.
The battle with earwigs is in full swing now. Sluggo is an organic bait that can be used to control them. If your plants are getting chewed alive, use Sluggo and traps as well. A simple home-made trap consists of setting out empty tuna cans and filling them with soy sauce, beer, or koolaid. The earwigs will climb in for the liquids and drown.
Do not try to spray any big weeds in dry areas at this time because they will not absorb much herbicide. Actively growing weeds in the spring and early summer are the easiest to control.
Have a safe & Happy 4th of July
What You Need:
3 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup white sugar
1 quart heavy cream
1 (3.3 ounce) package instant white chocolate pudding mix
1 (6 ounce) container lemon yogurt
2 tablespoons coconut-flavored rum, or to taste, divided (optional)
2 (16 ounce) prepared pound cakes, cubed
2 pints fresh blueberries, or as needed
Step by Step:
In a bowl, sprinkle the strawberries with sugar; stir to distribute the sugar, and set aside.
Chill a large metal mixing bowl and beaters from an electric mixer.
Pour the cream into the chilled mixing bowl, and add white chocolate pudding mix, lemon yogurt, and about 1 tablespoon of coconut rum (if desired); beat until fluffy with an electric mixer set on Medium speed.
Spread a layer of pound cake cubes into the bottom of a glass 10x15-inch baking dish, and sprinkle the cubes with another tablespoon of coconut rum.
Cover the pound cake with a layer of strawberries; sprinkle blueberries over the strawberries.
Spread a thick layer of whipped cream over the berries.
Repeat the layers several times, ending with a layer of strawberries sprinkled with blueberries and reserving about 1 cup of whipped cream; top the trifle with dollops of whipped cream to serve.