Elk Grove Green Acres is Open

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 18, 2015 1:41:38 PM

The Elk Grove store is now open!  Just in time for the official start of spring.  It is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, 95624.  The phone number is 916-714-5600.  With Grand Opening festivities the weekend of March 21-22, it's worth a visit.


 

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Topics: Events

Come Meet the Experts at Dig into Spring

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 17, 2015 3:37:41 PM


Green Acres is hosting our third annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new location in Elk Grove, March 21 & 22, and we want you to join us!

Dig Into Spring Event

In addition to food trucks, music, raffle prizes, vendor booths and seminars, we are very excited to host book signings by two local gardening experts: Carolyn Singer & Michael Glassman!


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Carolyn Singer is a local gardening guru and author of the Deer in my Garden series, as well as her new book: The Seasoned Gardener. Residing near Grass Valley, Carolyn's Deer in my Garden series is the result of much trial-and-error testing in her own garden, to determine which plants really have the best deer resistance in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 

 

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Her newest book is titled The Seasoned Gardener: Five decades of sustainable & practical garden wisdom. It is a compilation of articles she wrote for her column 'The Seasoned Gardener', published by The Union in Grass Valley. 

Carolyn will be signing books at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair on Saturday March 21 & Sunday, March 22 from 11am-4pm. 

 

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Michael Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and consultant with over thirty years of experience designing breathtaking landscapes in Northern California. He has authored and co-authored five books, including the Kinder Gardens series, a playful series of books geared towards getting young children interested in gardening. 

 

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 His newest book is titled The Garden Bible, a step-by-step guide to planning and designing your dream garden, which will be published in Spring of 2015.  


Michael will be signing books at our Dig into Spring Ideas Fair on Sunday, March 22 from 11am-1pm.

 

Check out our seminar schedule below for details on our weekend-long Dig into Spring workshop series!
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Topics: Free Events, Planning Your Landscape, Sacramento Gardening, Deer Resistant, Green Acres Events, Landscape Design, Events

12 Leaders You'll Want to Meet at the Grand Opening

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 10, 2015 11:17:48 AM

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The Elk Grove Grand Opening on March 21-22 will have the best garden companies in attendance.  These twelve companies are leaders in the garden industry and together are a powerhouse of knowledge that you can glean from.  Bring your toughest garden questions and they can help.  Here is a short description of each company.  Take notes and be sure to visit their booth at the event for some one-on-one help for your garden problems.

  1. Bonide

    Bonide has always been committed to providing the best possible solutions for Home, Lawn and Garden Pest Problems. This includes attractive, convenient, cost effective packaging and product selection second to none.

    They are also proud of their complete line of Garden Naturals. Effective, time tested solutions that Bonide has been marketing since long before it was “hip to be green”.

  2. Botanical Interests Seeds

    At Botanical Interests their goal is to inspire and educate the gardener in you so that you can create beautiful and prolific gardens. Not only is the seed inside their packets the highest quality available, their packets are designed to give you the information you need to be a more successful gardener!

    • Over 600 high-quality varieties
    • Many heirloom seed varieties
    • A large selection of USDA Certified Organic seed varieties (learn more about organic seed)
    • Guaranteed - the germination rate of every variety is tested before we package it
    • All seed is untreated
    • No GMOs - they enthusiastically signed the SAFE SEED PLEDGE: They do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants

  3. Danner Manufacturing, Inc.

    For over 75 years, a history of excellence, and improving the art of fluid motion.

    Ever since their modest beginnings in 1934, Danner Manufacturing (a family owned and operated business) has developed and produced innovative products for hobbyists and professionals.

    They are well known for their  PondmasterProline,& Fountain Pump products.  They are widely used in water gardens and fountain projects for any home.

  4. E.B. Stone

    In 1916, E.B. Stone created a fertilizer that made his fruit crops the talk of other San Jose farmers. In time, he created superb fertilizers as well as soil conditioners, for flowers, fruit trees and plant material of many varieties. When he retired in 1979, he sold his family business to the Crandall's another family dedicated to creating the best fertilizer and amendments.

    Through the years, horticulturists at E.B. Stone perfected some of those original formulas. The result is a new generation of 21st century fertilizers, soils for indoor use, all natural pest controls and soil amendments for the garden and landscape.

    The proof of their efforts is when you see what happens in your own garden with their Green All, E.B. Stone Organics and Mastery Nursery products.

  5. Kawahara Nursery

    Kawahara Nursery has been providing the best possible service and product selection of premium annuals, perennials and edibles in quart and gallon sizes.

    This commitment began over 70 years ago with Sam and Jean Kawahara and their four children on a 2-acre nursery in San Lorenzo, California. Striving to perfect the jumbo pack varieties, the family pioneered the reputation of quality and excellence.

    With this foundation, sons David and John, expanded the nursery to Morgan Hill in the early 80's where they broadened product selection and continue to be a leader in providing beautiful bedding products to garden centers throughout California.

  6. Kellogg Products

    Kellogg Products has been helping home gardeners create beautiful landscapes since 1925.  They offer natural and organic garden soils, potting soils and mulch to help your home project be a successful one.  

    The company is a family business spanning three generations and has deep family roots to this day.

  7. Lake Valley Seed

    Lake Valley Seed was founded in 1985 in the confines of a small garage in Boulder, Colorado.  Seed packets were filled by hand using small “teaspoon” like measuring devices.  The company has since developed into a high paced, automated production facility, which annually produces nearly 9 million packets of seed, consisting of over 800 different varieties of flower, vegetable and herb seeds. 

    Since 1985 the philosophy at Lake Valley Seed has held true: quality products at competitive prices, servicing passionate gardeners and independent retailers. 

  8. John F. Mahaney Company

    They are an independent distributor of tools.  Founded in 1951 specializing in agricultural, ranch and industrial hardware supplies in the Sacramento area.

    They feature many quality products including the Red Rooster® line of professional tools. The Red Rooster® product line includes a wide variety of tools designed and engineered for the professional. These tools provide superior performance and tremendous value.

  9. McCalls Nursery

    Their mantra is "Growing Great since 1948!"  They have a growing facility of over 60 acres located in southern Fresno.  It is a family owned and operated nursery. They are well known for growing beautiful perennials, fruit trees, and some of the best roses this side of the Mississippi!

  10. Monrovia

    Monrovia plants has been around since 1926 and is known for having Distinctively Better Plants.   They grow over 3,600 varieties and over 22 million plants annually.  Each plant is nurtured by hand with care.  

    They are well known in the garden industry for introducing plant varieties that are more pest and disease resistant and or have improved characteristics like fruit production, shape, or color.  Using Monrovia plants helps you reduce the need to use chemicals for pest prevention and also helps you be a more successful gardener.

  11. Monterey Lawn & Garden

    Monterey Lawn & Garden is a distributor of plant protection chemicals and fertilizers based in Fresno, California since 1963.  Their goal is to provide home gardeners the same professional grade technology available to the ag industry.  

    Their growing line of products provide economical and effective solutions to yard and garden problems, and are properly registered and labeled to be sold to and used by the home gardener.

  12. Monterey Bay Nursery

    This nursery has been around for over 20 years, is on 50 beautiful acres in Northern Monterey County and have an offering of over 1,000 varieties of plants at any given time.  

    Monterey Bay Nursery focuses on new and innovative plants.  They are well known for growing fantastic perennials, California Natives, Australian plants & more.  At Green Acres, we especially love their Flowering Maples and Fuchsias!

This is just a taste of the high caliber garden companies that will be at our Elk Grove Grand Opening.  We actually have even more that will be there!  Between all of these companies there are literally hundreds of years of expertise in the plant and garden industry that will be available for free to all of our customers.  We hope you will take advantage of these great minds and come on March 21-22 at our newest Elk Grove store located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd.  

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Topics: Free Events, Events

Diggin' Our Fourth Location

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Can you believe that Spring is right around the corner?  With a new season will come a new Green Acres store in Elk Grove.  This will be our fourth location!  As a locally and family owned business we are thrilled to be growing and continuing to spread our roots in the Sacramento community.  This store's opening comes highly anticipated and the Grand Opening Weekend will be March 21-22.   


Green Acres History

Green Acres Nursery & Supply is accustomed to salvaging old, underutilized spaces and up cycling them to functional nurseries. Our first store in Roseville was the previous site of the city dump, and in fact, our first customer brought us a bag of garbage.  The second location was the former Matsuda's retail nursery in need of a face lift.  Our third location, in Folsom, was the former site of Circuit City.  It was a huge, box store-like building which we converted into a beautiful garden center.  No small feat!  


Elk Grove is our Dream Store

The Elk Grove location is different.  This is the first store we've built from the ground up.  Essentially it is our dream store!  With over 33,000 square feet of indoor space, a greenhouse, a climitized houseplant greenhouse, an Outdoor Living Department and of course acres upon acres of plants, this fourth location will be the most functional and beautiful location yet.

So what's the story about this newest location?  We purchased a plot of land in Fall of 2013.  It is located off Highway 99 and Bond next to the Chick-fil-a. Our new address is 9220 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.  The City of Elk Grove has been excellent to work with and supportive of having a Green Acres Nursery & Supply in their community.  The building process began last August and we are feverishly working to open next month.


Building Timeline:

  • August 29, 2014- Groundbreaking 
  • November 17, 2014-  Foundation poured 
  • December 9, 2014-  Roof finished  
  • January 22, 2015-  Parking lot cement poured
  • January 15, 2015-  Lathe house construction began 
  • January 30, 2015-  Greenhouse slab poured

We still have finishing touches left to do by the end of March.  These include: painting, installing electrical, building offices and the houseplant greenhouse, installing flooring, and of course installing fencing, solar panels and a landscape design.  Last but not least, stocking plants & products. We are keeping busy! 

Grand Opening Weekend

While final preparations are being made, a stellar Grand Opening Weekend is planned for March 21-22.  It will be a fun, free, family friendly event.  

The weekend will offer free garden workshops, complimentary food, Hot Buys and giveaways.  Plus, over 20 garden industry vendors showing their newest garden goodies.  If you have attended our Dig Into Spring Event in the past, essentially, we are combining that event with the Grand Opening.  This will be our biggest event to date, and one you don't want to miss.


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Bareroot Roses

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jan 14, 2015 5:34:00 AM

Why buy bareroot?

When roses go dormant in the winter, they are less susceptible to transplant shock when planted. This time of year also offers the broadest selection available at the lowest prices. Green Acres carries patent and non-patent varieties of hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda and climbing roses. 
Roses are deceivingly easy to grow. With minimal routine care, they will flourish and grace your garden with dazzling color and enticing fragrance for many months out of the year.  
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Just follow these simple steps for stunning roses:

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Roses perform best when given full sun, which is at least four to six hours a day. With the exception of climbing roses, most rose shrubs get about four to six feet high and wide, depending on how they are pruned. It is very important to give a rose enough room to grow, as crowding them can lead to fungal diseases caused by poor air circulation.

Planting

Dig the hole twice as wide as the container it’s in and one and a half times as deep. Mound the soil at the bottom of the hole, so that when the rose is planted, it sits one to two inches above the soil grade. Add EB Stone Sure Start to the hole at the rate recommended on the box. If your rose is planted in a biodegradable peat pot, remove the top rim of the pot and cut slits down the side to make it easier for the roots to grow. Combine the backfill 50/50 with a rich soil amendment, such as EB Stone Rose Grow. Finally, apply a two to four inch thick layer of mulch around the roots of the plant, but leave at least two inches from the stem to prevent crown rot. 

Pests & Diseases

Roses are susceptible to several types of fungus. The best method of prevention for fungal infections is proper cultural care practices, such as:
  • Give each plant enough space for proper air circulation
  • Prune out any brown or black canes that may be harboring disease from last year
  • In the winter, remove all the old leaves from underneath the rose and replace the mulch
  • Avoid overhead watering or watering in the evening. Watering in the early morning is best
If you have a persistent recurring problem with pests on your roses, try treating them with a dormant spray such as Monterey Liqui-Cop and Bonide All-season oil in the winter before bud break. This can help suppress fungal diseases and kill any overwintering pests that may be nestled in the crown of the rose. 
Once the rose has leafed out, severe pest problems can be remedied with Bonide Rose Rx, a highly effective fungicide, miticide and insecticidal foliar spray.

Pruning

The ideal time for pruning roses is when they are dormant in the winter, before bud break. In our region, this is between mid-December to mid-February. Always use clean, sharp pruning instruments and make sure they are the right pruning tools for the size of branch being removed. Here are some basic guidelines for pruning roses, for more detailed instructions, please see our [Rose Pruning for Sacramento Gardeners] blog!
  • First remove all brown or black canes, and suckers (vigorous, pliable branches that come up from the roots of the plant)
  • Next choose about 3-5 healthy canes (depending on the variety) and remove about 1/3rd of the top growth
  • Cut at a 30 to 45 degree angle about ¼” above an outward facing bud
  • If the cane you are pruning is larger than ½” in diameter, use a sealant on the wound to prevent insect damage
  • After pruning, fertilize your rose with Alfalfa meal and Sul-Po-Mag at the rate recommended on the box

Fertilizing

For the best garden performance, it is important to continually fertilize roses throughout the growing season. Because roses are such long-lived heritage plants, it’s generally recommended to use organic fertilizers which will improve the health of the soil where they are planted. Another benefit of organic fertilizers is that they do not cause a plant to suddenly produce an abundance of tender green growth, which can attracts pests such as aphids. We recommend EB Stone Organics Rose & Flower foods, applied regularly at the rate recommended on the box. 
 

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Spuds 101 - How to Grow Seed Potatoes

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 8, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Why use certified seed potatoes?

Unlike certified seed potatoes, the potatoes that you find at the grocery store are often treated with growth inhibitors to keep them from sprouting. Also, they are not guaranteed to be disease free, and they usually produce spuds that are not uniform in shape.

What kind of certified seed potatoes does Green Acres carry?*

Red LaSoda

Days to Maturity: 80-100

Red LaSoda has a good general disease resistance, and red skin and white waxy flesh. Keeps well, and adapts to a range to climates, withstanding cold, heat and drought.

Alegria Yellow

Days to Maturity: 85-95

Alegria Yellow is prized for its attractive uniform appearance, high yield and low susceptibility to rotting. It produces a stable yield in a variety of different growing climates. It is characterized by golden yellow skin with creamy yellow flesh, and a flavor similar to Yukon Gold.

Accord White

Days to Maturity: 80-90

Accord white is an early producing variety with a high yield. It has creamy skin and creamy white flesh with a uniform oval appearance. Good disease resistance, but relatively short storage potential.

Potatoes thrive in moderate temperatures, not too cold or too warm. Ideal temperatures range from above freezing to below 70° F. Because they are a tuber, they require rich light textured soil with good drainage. If you have poor drainage or heavy clay soil, we recommend planting in raised beds or containers. Heavy clay soil can sometimes deform the shape of potatoes.

In the Sacramento region, potatoes are typically planted between mid-November and March.  

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Planting in the ground

Seed potatoes should be planted in rows 12” apart, and the rows should be spaced at least 18-20” apart. First, dig the furrows of your rows at least 4” deep. Cut your seed potatoes into 1 ½ ” pieces with at least two eyes per piece, or leave them whole depending on how large they are.  If you cut them into pieces, let the pieces dry for a day or two before planting, to prevent rot. Lay the seed potatoes in the furrows, eye side up and cover with 2” of soil. Water thoroughly, and then wait. As the potatoes begin to sprout, gently pile more soil on top of them, until your furrow has turned into a mound 4” above soil level. Cover rows with a 2-4” thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture and insulate tubers should the temperatures drop below freezing.

Planting in pots

Fill the bottom of a large container (at least a 15 gallon or larger) with 6” of a rich potting soil or compost. Place seed potatoes, or seed potato pieces on top of the soil, about 12” apart. Top with 2” of soil, water, and wait for them to sprout. After they have begun to shoot up past the soil, continue the process, gently mounding soil around them as the shoots grow, until you reach the top of your container.  Some people apply this method using tires or stackable crates, which allow you more vertical growing space.

Watering

Soil should be kept moist, but beware of overwatering if you choose to plant in the ground. Soggy soil will result in rotten potatoes.

Fertilizing

Use a starter fertilizer upon planting, we recommend E.B. Stone Sure Start.  Then fertilize with tomato and vegetable food according to the package direction.

Harvesting

Harvest “new potatoes”, or the smaller less mature spuds when the plants begin flowering. Reach under the first few inches of soil and pull them off the plant. Harvest the mature potatoes once the plants turn brown. Harvest time is between 80 and 120 days after planting, depending on variety. When harvesting,  dig carefully to avoid damaging the tubers.

*Available while supplies last, check stores for inventory 

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Topics: Edibles, Sacramento Gardening, Fall Veggies

The Top Nine Japanese Maples for the Sacramento Region

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 22, 2014 5:09:00 PM

Native to Japan and Korea, Japanese maples are prized as specimen trees because of their handsome sinewy trunks and graceful branching habit. They come in a variety of sizes and forms, such as upright, weeping, broad leaf or lace leaf. Our Japanese maples are supplied by reputable growers such as Monrovia, Western trees, Kraemer's and Matsuda's nursery. The varieties listed below are some of the most popular cultivars carried by Green Acres.

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Height: 15-25ft
Width: 15-25ft
This is the basic, un-grafted seedling form. It has broad green leaves and a mottled gray-green trunk. Fall color is yellow, orange and red.
  • Bloodgood
Height: 15-18ft
Width: 15-18ft
A perfect specimen of a red, upright maple with deep reddish purple foliage. Foliage retains deep color well into the summer. Bright red fall color.
  • Crimson Queen
Height: 9ft
Width: 9ft
Beautiful weeping lace leaf type with striking burgundy foliage. Fall color is bright reddish purple.
  •  Emperor One
Height: 15-20ft
Width: 15-20ft
An upright variety with bright red leaves. It's comparable to Bloodgood, but grows slightly faster. Scarlet fall color.
  • Inaba Shidare
Height: 8-10ft
Width: 4-6ft
An elegant lace leaf specimen with unusually large leaves. Holds its deep reddish burgundy color through the summer. Crimson fall color.
  •  Red Dragon
Height: 4-6ft
Width: 3-4ft
A dwarf form of weeping maple with beautiful red lace like leaves. Does well in containers. Bright red fall color.
  • Sango Kaku
Height: 20-25ft
Width: 18-20ft
This beautiful maple has year round interest. Leaves emerge bright green in the spring, and turn yellow in the fall. Bright red bark is visible in the winter.
  • Seiryu
Height: 10-12ft
Width: 10-12ft
An unusual upright variety with delicate lace like leaves. Bright green leaves turn orange and gold in the fall.
  • Viridis
Height: 4-6ft
Width: 8-12ft
A beautiful example of weeping green lace leaf. Leaves emerge yellow green and have a showy yellow gold fall color.
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Sun Tolerance

While most varieties of Japanese maples will not thrive in full sun in our climate, some can adapt to sun very well. Varieties which have broad, red leaves tend to adapt the best, while lace leaf varieties don’t fare as well. The key to successful adaptation is sufficient irrigation, and a thick layer of mulch to blanket the roots away from the trunk.

Tip: When the Sacramento heat is unbearable, application of Bonide™ Wilt Stop can help your tree adapt to the afternoon sun by creating a protective barrier, slowing water loss through the leaves.

Watering

Japanese maples have very delicate leaves, with thin branches meaning water doesn’t move very quickly up from the roots, and their leaves will show damage if the soil becomes too dry. A 2-4” layer of mulch around the roots slows the evaporation of water in the soil, keeping the roots cool and moist. To avoid crown rot, keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk of the tree.

The frequency of watering a Japanese maple depends on:

  • Soil texture
  • Sun exposure
  • Wind exposure
  • Size of the tree
  • Season

There is no single answer on how many times per week you should water your tree, because it varies so much depending on the factors listed above. However, it is always a good idea to water deeply, yet infrequently. Each time you water, thoroughly penetrate the root zone, and give the water a chance to evaporate out of the soil before watering again.

Fertilizing

When planting, use a slow release starter fertilizer, rich in phosphorus, to help develop a strong root system. We recommend E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start. Japanese maples are sensitive to accumulated salts in the soil, using an organic fertilizer is the best way to avoid that. As the nutrients in organic fertilizers break down, they feed the microorganisms in the soil, slowly releasing nutrients and building the overall health of your soil.

Once the tree is established, feed it regularly with an organic tree and shrub food. Apply fertilizer from the time leaves emerge in spring until dormancy. If your tree is visibly stressed, avoid fertilizing it. Fertilizers are for stimulating growth, and stressed trees need time to recover.

Pruning

Japanese maples have a naturally graceful growth habit. Accentuate their natural beauty by thinning to allow light into the canopy, and avoid “heading” or “shearing” cuts.

Each year, remove any dead branches or branches that are crossing. It’s always better to prune off a branch while it is small than it is to prune a large branch; it will leave a smaller wound. Avoid early heavy pruning if you would like your maple to acclimate to the sun. The tree will need as much energy as it can get from its leaves to build its sun tolerance. The best time to prune is in late winter, before the tree leafs out. Because it is still dormant, you avoid shocking it too much, and because it has no leaves you can see the structure of the tree more clearly.

 

Troubleshooting

Signs of stress mean, it’s time to do an inspection. Closely examining the tree from the roots up is the best way to assess the problem. Keep in mind, a newly planted tree may just be experiencing transplant shock and will likely recover once it’s established.  New trees acclimating to the sun may show signs of sunburn on the outer leaves for the first few years.

Inspection Check List:

  • Starting at the roots, probe the soil with your fingers (wait a few days after watering). Does the soil feel wet? If so, there may be a problem with the drainage, or you are watering too frequently. Tree roots need oxygen as well as water to thrive, so soil should never feel wet for long periods of time.
  • Examine the crown of the tree where the roots meet the trunk. Is it above or below the soil line? The crown should never be allowed to sink below the soil line, or become buried by mulch. The crown should be flush with the soil level. It is easier to add more soil than it is to remove it, so always plant on a slight mound to compensate for settling.
  • How does the tree trunk look? The bark on a Japanese maple is very thin, and damaging it will slow the growth and vigor of the tree. Apply white tree trunk paint to remedy this scorching.
  • Finally, examine the branches and leaves. Leaf curling, ants, oozing sap and yellowing leaves are some symptoms of a pest problem.

    For help identifying a pest, bring a picture or a sample to the Garden Solutions department of any Green Acres Nursery location.

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Topics: Tree, Planning Your Landscape, Pruning, Sacramento Gardening

Wordless Wednesday at Our Sacramento Location

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 15, 2014 11:22:00 AM


 

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Contractor Sales Staff: Kathleen and Rik

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Beautiful Ichroma 

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Two pals spend time with us!
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Intro to Integrated Pest Management

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 14, 2014 5:21:00 PM

What is IPM?

IPM is a system of long term preventative pest control techniques which affect only the targeted pest with minimal harm inflicted on the surrounding environment. IPM means:

  • Taking measures to encourage the health of your plants
  • Taking measures to avoid creating conditions which are favorable to pests
  • Closely monitoring your plants on a regular basis in order to prevent and catch pest problems before they get out of hand
  • Using less toxic control methods when necessary
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What is a Pest?

Any insect, fungus or animal which causes direct harm to your plants.

What is not a Pest?

Any organism that does not cause harm to your plants. Practicing IPM means seeing a bug you don’t recognize and thinking “Hmm, I wonder what that is, and what it does?”* instead of immediately reaching for the bug killer.

Encourage Healthy Plants

An unhealthy plant sends out chemical signals which attract insect pests directly to it. Step one of IPM is researching your plants, knowing what they need to be healthy, and setting up your garden so that each plant has the environmental conditions they need. Consult with the knowledgeable staff at Green Acres Nursery & Supply to learn more about what conditions your plants need to grow.


Avoid Creating a Pest Paradise

Just like learning what your plants need in order to thrive, it’s good to learn what environmental conditions the pests like- so you can avoid them! For example, over-watering your lawn can lead to fungal diseases and weeds. Experiment to see what the minimum water requirements are for your lawn, and cut down on excess water usage to address those problems.


Monitor Your Garden

The most important step in practicing IPM is careful monitoring. Catch small problems before they get too big, then you won’t have to resort to harsh methods of pest control. Ideally, you should take a walk around your garden every day just to check up on things. Once you spot something abnormal, take a sample or a picture into one of our three Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations for help identifying the potential problem.

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Less Toxic Methods of Control

Sometimes our best efforts may not be enough, calling for the application of one of the four control techniques. Use them to get your plants back on track, without throwing the ecosystem of your garden out of whack.

Biological Controls

For every insect pest which causes damage to your plant, there is a natural predator which attacks and destroys that insect pest. IPM encourages you to avoid using broad-spectrum insecticides, because you may kill just as many good bugs as bad bugs. Learn to identify beneficial insects and make your garden a welcoming environment for them by providing a variety of flowers as a food source.

Cultural Controls

Cultural control means changing your gardening practices if you find that you have accidentally created favorable conditions for pests. For example, if you have your rose bushes too close together, you may have fungal issues due to poor air circulation. The cultural control solution is to transplant them so they have enough space. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve made a mistake in your cultural practices. Gardening requires patience and a willingness to learn, and if you are practicing IPM you obviously have both.

Mechanical and Physical Controls

Mechanical and physical controls are the best way to directly kill or deter pests without using any kind of chemicals. They are usually only effective if you catch the pests early, so keep up with your monitoring! Examples of physical controls are spraying aphids with the hose, a thick layer of mulch to keep the weeds down and putting up nets to protect your harvest from the birds.

Chemcial Controls

When the pest problem becomes too severe to be remedied with the above methods alone, it’s time for chemical control. Choose pesticides with minimal residual impact on the environment, which target the pest you are combating specifically, and apply them sparingly to the affected plants. Always follow instructions of pesticide labels to avoid unintended contamination of air, soil or water sources. Keep in mind that even relatively less toxic sprays such as neem oil are indiscriminate, meaning they will kill any beneficial insects they touch as well as the insect pests.

For more information on Integrated Pest Management, check out UC Davis website: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/

For help identifying unknown pests, please bring a picture or a sample into one of our three Green Acres locations, to our experts in the Garden Solutions Department.

Green Acres Website

Topics: Pest Prevention, Organic, Beneficial Insects

Distressed Lawns: Revitalize or Replace?

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 9, 2014 5:18:00 PM

Fall is here, and it's finally cooling down enough to work in the yard again. Now is the ideal time to spruce up a lawn that's been damaged by the heat of the summer. We have a few strategies for revitalizing your old lawn, or laying down a new one.

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Overseeding

  • Dethatch your lawn prior to reseeding to remove dead roots and stems and allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the soil.
  • Choose a variety of grass seed that most closely matches the type of grass that you currently have. This will ensure an even, uniform appearance.

  • Spread 1/8th of an inch of E.B. Stone Organic Top Coat Seed Cover & Mulch across newly seeded areas to keep them moist while germinating. This also prevents seeds from being blown away by the wind or disturbed by birds.

  • Keep the area evenly moist while the seeds are germinating.

  • Wait at least a month after the seeds have sprouted to fertilize. Fertilize with Bolero Sod and Seed Starter when the time is right.

    Tip: Bermuda grass is a tough, warm season turf that goes dormant during the winter in our region. To keep it looking lush, overseed with Annual Rye in the fall. 

Installing New Sod

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    Kill and remove your existing lawn or weeds. We recommend removing them physcially. If you choose to usherbicides, you will have to wait until the chemcials have dissipated from the site before laying sod.

  • Prepare your soil. Amend the soil to a depth of four to six inches, which will help reduce drainage problems. Spread soil amendments and mix evenly with your native soil.

  • Sprinkler irrigation is the best method for evenly distributing water onto a lawn. If you do not yet have a sprinkler system, we recommend that you install one at this stage. For a more water-efficient system, try using Hunter MP Rotator Heads, which use 30% less water as compared to traditional sprinkler heads.

  • Grade and roll the ground. Clear the surface of all debris.

  • Apply a fertilizer that is high in phosperous to quickly encourage healthy root growth. We recommend E.B. Stone Sure Start.

  • Lay sod and roll. After sod has been laid down, use a sod roller* to firmly press it to the ground, eliminating air pockets and ensuring the roots are in contact with the soil.

  • Thoroughly water your new lawn, and keep it moist until it takes root, approximately 2-3 weeks.

Fall Lawn Maintenance

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Fertilizing: Grass blades grows slower as the temperatures cool, but the roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. Now is the time to start applying GreenAll Fall & Winter Feed, to ensure that your lawn develops a large healthy root system.

Irrigation: Remember to adjust your irrigation clock according to the weather. Proper watering reduces the chance that your lawn will develop fungal issues. Be sure to turn it off on rainy days.

Leaves & Debris: To prevent disease, rake leaves and debris that accumulate on your lawn. The leaves you collect can be repurposed into compost.

*For your convenience, Green Acres rents sod rollers, free of charge, with a refundable deposit.

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