Cold-Sensitive Plants? Use Frost Protection Cloth This Winter

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 18, 2013 12:04:00 PM

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Why is Frost Protection Cloth is the best way to protect your cold-sensitive plants?

Properly applied frost cloth can protect your frost sensitive plants from the cold even when the temps dip into the 20’s!  

Plants that Need Protection:

  1. Avocados
  2. Citrus 
  3. Ferns
  4. Tropical Plants
  5. Cactus and Succulents  

 

Not All Coverings Are Created Equal

Always use frost cloth designed for covering plants. This specific product is made of a fabric that will not transmit cold to the leaves. Other products made of plastic for example, can actually transmit cold to the leaves and cause more damage!  

Green Acres carries only the best product from Easy Gardener, that comes in 10ft. x 12 ft. which is light and easy to handle. If necessary, the frost cloth can be left on the plants for an extended period of time without the risk of harming your plants. Sheets or blankets must be removed every morning after the temperature under the covering reaches at least 40 degrees. On some days this might not happen until Noon.  

Some people use blankets and sheets to cover plants. Typically blankets are heavy and can be hard to secure over your plant. Furthermore, the frost cloth is light and allows the sun to pass through the fabric, thus warming the ground. Blankets and sheets do not allow the sun to properly filter through and heat the ground.

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Knowing a Bit About the Environment Helps

Sunlight during the day warms the soil surface. As the day progresses into night, the heat from the soil radiates into the atmosphere. The coldest temperatures of the day are early in the morning as the sun rises.  Remember that cold air settles downward and hot air rises.  This fact is instrumental in placing your frost protection cloth over your frost-sensitive plants.

 

Watering Plus Frost Cloth Equals Success!

Keep soil around the plant moist but not soggy, especially during times of wind or days without rain. Moist soil absorbs more heat. Keep the moisture level as even as possible. Ice crystals form on the leaf surface and take moisture out of the leaves. Plants suffer and take on more frost damage if they are dehydrated. However, succulents are the exception to this rule. Make sure you check soil moisture during periods of cold north winds too. These winds tend to dry plants out the most.  

If plant dehydration is your battle, try Wilt Stop Plant Protector.  

  • It is a natural, non-toxic product derived from the resin on pine trees
  • It forms a soft, flexible, clear film on treated plants.  
  • This film protects plants from drying out, drought, windburn, sun scald and winter kill.  
  • Find it at all Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations. 

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Correctly Placing the Frost Cloth

You just bought the frost cloth and the forecast is for a very cold night with frost.  How do you apply the fabric?  

  1. Completely drape the plant from top all the way to the ground.
  2. Apply the cloth right before sun down to make sure the cloth gathers the heat produced in the ground during the day.  
  3. Don't leave any openings in the cloth for the warm air to escape or cold air to enter at night.  
  4. It is crucial that the frost cloth touches the ground, to the drip line of the plant.  

Placing a heavy object, like bricks, or securing the fabric into the ground with frost fabric staples, will ensure that the cloth forms a seal with the ground and traps the warm air that radiates from the soil captured during the day. The bricks or staples will also secure the cloth on the plant in the case of heavy winds and or rain and reduces chances of it blowing off the plant.

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Frost Cloth On Trees? Yes!

Remember, it is crucial that the frost cloth touch the ground to soak up radiant heat captured during the day. This is true of trees too. If you just wrap the top of the tree with frost cloth and leave the trunk exposed, much like a lollipop, the tree will not be able to trap the radiant heat from the ground. (See photo for the wrong way to apply it) Also, the cold night air will sink to the ground and the fabric will not be able to collect the heat or moisture to help the frost cloth protect the tree. 

 

Following these simple instructions will help you keep your frost sensitive plants alive in the winter.

 

See a One-Minute Demo on Frost Cloth 

How-To Video  

 

 

 



Topics: Winter, Seasonal Items, Nursery Supply Products, Tropicals

Sacramento Garden Ideas for Spring

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 20, 2013 1:08:00 PM

Do you want to add a spark to your landscape? Want to grow something pretty as well as edible?  Longing for a garden face lift?

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We have the answer for you! Sacramento Garden Ideas for Spring
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1.  BAMBOO:
Check out the "bad-rap" plant! Bamboo can be grown in the ground or in a container,  bamboo glows with bright green foliage and super texture--create privacy and evoke tranquility all in one superb plant.  Taking full sun or half day sun, as well as freezing temperatures- bamboo is extremely hardy. Feed with nitrogen to keep green!   'Budda's belly' or 'Alphonse Karr' , the former grows to 6' in a container and up to 30' in the ground. The latter can be kept hedged at 8-10', if left on its own up to 15-30'. Both are clumping. Have you seen the 'Nigra' variety with the cool  black stems?This striking bamboo grows to 4-8' when contained and 15-20' in the ground.  It is a running bamboo, so its best to plant this one in a container! Another gorgeous bamboo is the 'Golden Goddess'- a clumper, growing to just 6-10ft wide it makes a perfect screen without pruning! To re-cap:  In-the-ground bamboos grow fast and canes will reach their full height in short order...so go on, create that living privacy screen, create "walls" for a meditation space, beautify your spa area or give a lonely corner or entry way a new lease on life! Remember: if you plant one in a container, choose a full size pot- wide at top and bottom, as a wind gust can topple this plant relatively easily.

Bamboo Fact:  What is the difference between clumping and running varieties? The latter  means it produces new shoots via "runners" underground. You can plant a running variety in a pot, effectively controlling that runner!  Conversely, clumping varieties simply send up new shoots from the clump of the plant. 
 

Sacramento garden ideas2.  BLOOD ORANGES: Juicy, vibrant red fruit you will never tire of, that is a fantastic description of blood oranges.  Try placing in a container or in the ground- this citrus can be used for salad dressings, marinade for chicken, fish or shellfish- or squeeze for an incredible cocktail!  Remember citrus require full sun and protection from frost, especially the first 3-4 years. Feed with organic citrus fertilizer!
 

Sacramento garden ideas3. WISTERIA TREE: Not just an arbor vine anymore!  This tree form is wonderful potted up or planted in the ground and has a  graceful fragrant draping of lavender or white flowers.  This makes wisteria an absolutely gorgeous standout in the spring garden! Try the "Cookes Purple" , 'Caroline',  or 'Amethyst Falls' for lavender blooms. Check out the 'Venusta'- a pure white variety.  Also, once the blooms are finished, you will have a gorgeous leafy tree.

Wisteria Fact: Wisteria is drought tolerant once established and pest free, you will love this option in your garden!

4.  FRUITING OLIVES:  We have a whole grove of choices! From Arbequina to Sevilanno, we have a super selection of fruiting olives.  What can one do with an olive, you say?  How about drying, canning, eating fresh, or making your own olive oil! It is not difficult to grow olives.  Simply provide good drainage, full sun and you are good to go.   Check out our handout next to the olive display and discover which olive types will best meet your needs. Also, did you know olives make a fantastic container plant?! ''Frantoio, 'Leccino' and 'Manzanillo' are ideal for your favorite pot. Harvest a crop and add a Mediterranean flare to your patio or landscape!  Rather not grow a fruiting olive? Check out a non-fruiting olive, such as "Little Ollie" or "Swan Hill"! Great patio olive or perfect for creating a living fence!

Sacramento garden ideasOlive Fact: Did you know if you plant 3 different varieties you will increase your yield through better pollination?

5.  KIWI FRUIT:  Amaze your friends with this versatile fruit!  Wonderful for use in fruit salads, or freeze your harvest if you have more than you can eat!  Garnish a cocktail with fresh kiwi and not only will you have a great edible, but also provide shade for your patio! Grow over an arbor, trellis, or arch way- with lovely green leaves, even post harvest the vines will remain full and lush. Be sure to provide excellent drainage and keep soil moist and also try to plant in a low wind area as well. Feed in spring with a fruit and vine fertilizer. Do not feed in August as new growth will then be susceptible to frost damage in coming months.

Kiwi Fact:  With kiwis, a male and female are needed for pollination.  

Sacramento garden ideas6.  ESPALIER FRUIT TREES: We have apples and pears, oh my!  These lovelies take up little room and provide a ton of fruit as a reward. We have espalier with all Fuji's and some with other varieties of apples. Check out the pears, too.  Easy to keep small, try one and you will have  a nice harvest within a small space.
Espalier Tip:  Simply give your espalier full sun and soon you will enjoy the 'fruits' of your labor!

7.  TABLE GRAPES:  Now about a new table grape for your space?Train these as an edible "fence" or create a very cool trellis that doubles as a privacy wall. We have 'Ruby', 'Thompson' and 'Flame' seedless, just to name a few. You will need excellent drainage, full sun and a good two feet of composted soil.  Once that is in place then watch the magic!  If you are unable to create this much depth, consider providing a raised bed.

Grape Tip: Did you know we have wine grapes too? Choose from Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Reisling for starters. If you have full sun, you can count on having grapes to press come fall.

Sacramento garden ideas8.  VERTICAL GARDEN PLANTER: Here's a perfect Sacramento Garden idea- no matter if you live in a Mid-town loft or a Placer county home with a spacious yard.  Planting up your very own vertical garden is quick and easy and can be done in a single afternoon but will provide lasting beauty.  The vertical gardens are actually upright wood planters- measuring only 4' high, this work horse only takes up 2 square feet of space and comes with a lifetime guarantee.  The best part is that this garden will fit anywhere! Have a shady location? Try bromeliads, ferns and begonias.  Have morning sun?  How about lime green potato vine with some impatiens?  Create an herb and veggie garden, a succulent work of art or neon shades of annuals.  The options are endless! This upright planter can also become a small privacy screen or artwork for your patio. Now that is a great idea!

Vertical Gardening Fact:  Vertical gardening began as an experiment in 1988 by Patrick Blanc, a French botanist whose intent was to create a garden without dirt.   

9.  GREENHOUSE: Want to kick off your tomatoes and flowers early this year? Green Acres has a useful walk-in Greenhouse.  Measuring 78x72x72, it is large enough to place a chair to relax in!  Ideal for starting your heirloom tomatoes, basil and tarragon- or anything you dream of growing this year. We also have a 4 shelf unit mini- greenhouse.  This unit holds tons of plants or your flats of seedlings.  This mini-greenhouse measures 63x27x19- fitting perfectly into any space. So grab some herbs, veggies and flowers and get a jump on your summer bounty!

The number of inspirational choices at Green Acres is mind boggling!  Visit our website for more ideas. 

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Topics: Nursery Supply Products, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas

Dormant Spray Helps Prevent Pests on Deciduous Edibles and Ornamentals

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 21, 2012 11:57:00 AM

dormant sprayA beautifulandscape in Northern California sometimes requires a little extra attention when it comes to insects. 

After hearing from thousands of gardeners over the years, two of the biggest challenges we face in our region are fungi, and, sucking and borer type insects.  Fungi comes quickly and can easily overtake your tree or shrub if you're not on top of things.  Get ahead of those pesky insects that suck on the foliage or bore into the trunk system.  If these diseases and pests are not addressed, they could lead to a gradual death of the plant.  (See Photo 1: Peach Leaf Curl, Photo 2: Powdery Mildew, Photo 3: Aphids).

We suggest dormant spray.  Using dormant sprays with a copper fungicide (for fungi) mixed with Parafinnic Oil (for insects) is the most effective solution around. It is highly recommended to apply these three times a year during the dormancy period to achieve full effectiveness. 
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What does “dormant” mean? Dormancy is the period during winter when trees and shrubs lose all of their leaves and stop actively growing. This gives gardeners the perfect opportunity to destroy pests and diseases including mites, aphids, rust on roses, powdery mildew, shot hole fungus, and peach leaf curl. Dormant spray is one of the most important sprays this season.  Thoroughly applied at the proper times, dormant sprays prevent and kill more insects and diseases than most other sprays during the year. They can also help reduce the amount of spraying needed later in the season.

Dormant spray comes in two common forms: oils and copper-based sprays.  
Remember that oils are used to treat insects like spider mites, scale, aphids and other pests by smothering eggs and other insects during their overwintering stages.  While copper-based sprays effectively fight fungal diseases like powdery mildew and peach leaf curl.  Often the two sprays are combined to get a broader spectrum of control of various pests and diseases.

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For best pest & disease control, dormant sprays should be applied multiple times a year.
For Fruit & Nut trees three applications are recommended:

• Late fall (Thanksgiving), after leaves have dropped
• Mid-winter (New Year's Day)
• Early spring (Valentine’s Day), before buds begin to swell
For Roses apply:
• Mid-winter, after pruning and clean up
• Early spring, just before bud break (new leaves)


We have two favorite dormant sprays that we recommend.  They are easy to use for beginning and experienced gardeners alike.

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Monterey Liqui-Cop:

• Used for: the control & prevention of diseases attacking citrus, fruit, nuts, vegetables, roses & other ornamentals
• Controls: peach leaf curl, brown rot, fire blight & others
DIRECTIONS:
1)  Shake well before use
2)  Mix approximately 3-4 Tbsp. per gallon of water*
3) Apply product, be sure all plant surfaces are covered thoroughly (trunk to twigs)
*May be mixed with Monterey Horticultural Oil


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Monterey Horticultural Oil
• Used for: controlling insect infestations on citrus, small fruits, tree fruits, nuts, vegetables, roses & other ornamentals

• Controls: aphids, mites, scalesm whiteflies and other soft-bodied insects.
 DIRECTIONS:
1)  Combine 2.5-5 Tbsp. per gallon of water*
2)  Wet entire surface of branches, main limbs and trunk
3)  Must be above 40°F when spraying outdoors
4)  Do not apply if tree has been sprayed with a sulfur material in the
past 30 days
* May be mixed with Monterey Liqui-Cop

Tips from the experts:

  • Though dormant sprays are safe to use on fruit trees and deciduous trees & shrubs, they are not recommended for evergreens
  • Clean up any leaves, dropped flower heads, fruit or nuts, and broken branches & twigs to further prevent fungus and insect development
  • Apply in dry conditions when there is no wind and it is above 40 degrees
  • For easy application try a hose-end sprayer or a one-gallon hand-held sprayer
  • For more information call or stop by one of our locations


 

Topics: Pest Prevention, Winter, Nursery Supply Products

Need a Dependable Nursery Supply Store in Sacramento this Fall?

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 27, 2012 10:21:00 AM

If you enjoy gardening, you'll love looking for nursery supply products at Green Acres this Fall. Our California Certified Nursery Professionals provide accurate and thorough information to our local gardeners.  We can provide insight when choosing flowers, landscape shrubs, trees, perennials, fruit, citrus, herbs, vegetables, and other plants for your landscape.

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We strive to carry the best, specialized products!  Many of the nursery supply products we have are unique to indepenent garden centers and aren't available at the big box stores.  


SOIL

Soil is one of the most important nursery supply products you could invest in for your yard.  Good soil translates into healthy plants.  We carry natural amendments to make your soil reach its potential.  Areas in Roseville and Folsom, especially, are known to have poor native soil, therefore a routine dose of amendments are essential.  

Green Acres only sells the best soils and soil amendments.  Our products contain only high quality organic material, no construction, or yard waste and never any bio-solids.  An excellent all natural soil conditioner for fall is Earthworm Castings.  This organic amendment is known to loosen hard soils, improve soil aeration, and conserve water.  We also carry specialty soils for acid loving plants, roses, cactus, orchids and even bonsai.

LANDSCAPE SUPPLY
What about the gloves, weed fabric, frost cloth, trimmers, pruners, loppers, shovels, trowels, irrigation and other landscape supplies?  You'll find all of those specialty items and more.  

 

PLANT RX
If you have a sick plant, we have the remedy.  Green Acres has a huge selection of nursery supply solutions like fungicides, insecticides and weed killers.  We can provide better solutions to your plant problems because of our extensive selection.  If you are into organics we carry a full line of OMRI rated products, many of which are safe to use up to the day before harvest.

FERTILIZERS
We carry both synthetic and organic fertilizers from companies like GreenAll, Jobes, Osmocote, E.B. Stone, G&B Organics, & Earth Juice.  Our fertilizers are custom formulated, targeted for families of plants, and are very friendly for the environment.

For example, E.B. Stone makes a food specifically formulated for your palms, hibiscus, and other tropical plants.  Tropicals require rich soil conditions to look their best.  If the nutrients are lacking, you will end up with yellowing of the foiliage and minimal flowers so it is important to give specific plants what they crave to help them be healthy and look their best.

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Checklist for Fall:

  • Plant cool season vegetables and refresh herbs
  • For nutrient rich soil, amend beds before you plant
  • Switch to a cool season fertilizer for lawns with nitrate nitrogen
  • Pick-up frost cloth to protect citrus, tropicals and other frost sensitive plants when the nighttime temperatures dip into the mid to low 30’s
  • Control pests and powdery mildew 

Not sure which Green Acres Nursery & Supply is closest to you?  

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Topics: Nursery Supply Products, Nursery Supply Store in Sacramento, Nursery Supply in Roseville

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