Spring Garden Tips for Truckee Meadows ~ Northern Nevada

Gathering up some gardening information for us here in Northern Nevada, especially the Truckee Meadows area. 🙂

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BIRD NOTE! 🙂 Offer birds in your area with high energy foods like peanuts and suet…as the natural food supply is at a low this time of the year. Place nesting materials in your yard. Offer fresh water.
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Annual Master Gardener Plant Fair will be held on May 19th from 7-11:30 am. Same place…over at the County Cooperative Extension 4955 Energy Way, Reno.
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Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series
Location: Bartley Ranch, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno.
6-8 pm

Find out how to identify and solve plant problems. Get tips on caring for your northern Nevada landscape, trees and gardens. Cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Free with no reservations required.

March 20: The Keys to Successful Vegetable Gardening
March 27: Roses for Reno

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GARDEN SHOP NURSERY

Events and Workshops held at the Garden Shop at Caughlin Ranch. This place has amazing shrubs and flowers!

The host the Impatient Gardener Radio Show.

They also have my FAVORITIST seeds ~ Botanical Interests.

Every Sunday from 10-3 they hold a Winter/Spring Farmers Market…then the summer one kicks in.

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From Rail City Garden Center

MARCH

• To control weeds this summer apply pre-emergent herbicides thru March to prevent annual weeds from germinating. Pre-emergents don’t harm anything already growing, but will prevent weeds from germinating.

• Start transplants indoors of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant

• Prune roses when they have 3 pairs of leaves at each bud

• Check your tools and get your mower serviced and blades sharpened!

• After cleaning up flower beds apply a slow-release organic fertilizer for healthier plants this season.

• As the soil thaws, be sure to water dry areas, especially evergreens.

• Early spring is the best time for renovation & clean-up in the yard & garden. Broken & rubbing branches as well as sucker growth are easily spotted & removed at this time. Thinning overgrown shrubs by removing the oldest branches to encourage new growth is also easier before new foliage emerges.

• As new growth begins in the perennial & shrub borders, clean-up of last year’s stems is easily done. Application of Sustane fertilizer 5#/100 sq.ft. & Preen is done now (Forsythia will be in bloom) & again in late July.

• Shrubby type perennials (sub-shrubs), such as Butterfly Bushes, Blue Mist Spirea, Russian Sage & Beautyberry should be cut down now to 6-8” as these plants bloom on new wood. Ornamental grasses also need to be cut down to 6”. To make cutting grasses easier, tie a rope tight near the base of the plant & cut below it.

• Roses, Lavender & Clematis are plants that should not be pruned until new growth begins, generally in late April or May. Roses need to have dead & diseased branches removed as well as crossing stems to open up center for good air circulation. Cut lavender back to 4-6”. Summer & fall blooming clematis that bloom on new wood need to be cut down to 12”. Spring blooming varieties are best thinned & removal of dead or broken branches done.

• Spade edge borders need to be cut in spring & again mid-summer to keep grasses from encroaching into beds. Even brick borders will look sharper if edged at least once every year.

• Be sure wood mulches are top dressed early, before plants are up & in the way. Mulch should be 2-3” deep, but tapered down at trunks of trees & shrubs.

• Fall-blooming perennials as well as hostas & daylilies can be dug & divided in half or thirds (depending on size) as soon as they are up 6” to be replanted for blooms later in the season.

• Do your annual Spring Pond Clean-Out while temperatures are low. This causes less stress on the fish and gives you a chance to control algae and aquatic weeds early

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Moana Nursery have a few seminars and events lined up ~

Edible & Ornamental Herbs
Begins: Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

Fresh herbs are good for you, good for the birds, and good for the eye. Learn where and how to incorporate them into your garden or containers and how to cook with them.

Rose Pruning Time
Begins: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

Master Gardener and “rose guru” Charlene Oakes will discuss when (April) and how to prune your roses and demonstrate proper techniques. She will also share other care tips for having spectacular roses, especially if you’ve never grown roses before; you’ll learn how easy they can be when the right varieties are chosen.

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
Begins: Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

Yes, there are good bugs and they are your garden’s friends — the trick is knowing what they do and how to identify them. You’ll also learn how to identify the bad bugs and how to control them. Join Moana Nursery’s Jim Stanton and Bonide’s John Ford for this informative seminar.

March 1st to March 15th, 2012
Moana Nursery Teammates say, “For successful highdesert gardening, NOW is the time to …

General Garden & Lawn Care:

Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent germination of weeds and unwanted plants in your landscape.
Aerate your lawn, and if necessary, dethatch.
Feed lawn with Lawn Fertilizer.
Prevent crabgrass and feed lawn.
Rake up remaining leaves and debris, but leave a little for nesting material for the birds.
Sharpen tools and pruners – drop off at Moana Nursery by Monday and pick up late Tuesday.

Perennial & Annual Care:

Cut back, close to ground, all ornamental grasses and perennials.
Gently press back any perennials that heaved out of the ground over winter.
Plant cool-seaon flowers.
Plant summer blooming bulbs.

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Care:

Start an edible garden.
Prune grapevine & raspberry bushes and feed.
Start warm-season annual and vegetable seeds indoors.

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The Drycreek Garden Company is offering FREE NATIVE GRASS SEED to the victims of the Washoe Fire (proof of residency is required) this Saturday, March 17th. This will be at the Old Washoe City location only from 8:30 to 11:00 am.

LIST OF SPRINGTIME FLOWERS from DRYCREEK GARDEN
SUMMERTIME FLOWERS
AUTUMN FLOWERS

Goldfinches & Warblers ~ SPRING IS HERE!

Yesterday, at Rail City’s Garden Center ~ Goldfinches enjoying a semi-warm, sunny, spring morning…splashing away.

This evening, after the sun went down, I spotted a pretty little bird hopping around my neighbors rooftop and tree…the lighting was pretty dim, sorry. I think it’s a Western Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

ACER saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ Maple

Meet our new member to our front yard ~ a very handsome Green Mountain sugar Maple! I’m all ah’giddy! I’ve had my mind set on a new tree for the front yard for over a year now. Back and forth between a fruitless Mulberry type or a Maple of some sort. Then I settled on I WANT COLOR IN THE FALL! So the Maple won out.

Then came googling Maples. I wanted a flashy tree for October ~ and came up with October Glory. I had my heart set on that one…seemed it would be perfect for our yard. But…there weren’t very many of them in the Reno/Sparks area. The nursery closest to my house had a few, but wanted $140 for a 15 gallon tree. Kept calling around and found one in Reno for $76. Better price.

Called the next closest nursery to my house, Rail City Garden Center. They did not have the October Glory, but did have two other sugar Maples that I might like. One being the Green Mounatin sugar Maple.
They had 3 of them for $76.99…since I would rather give a local nursery my money we went there to take a peeksee.

The Green Mountain Sugar Maple, ‘Acer saccharum “Green Mountain”, is a very handsome deciduous tree with leathery leaves. This showy tree is upright and oval in shape. This tree is noted for its improved performance in dry restricted growing areas such as areas close to pavement. The Green Mountain carries all of the characteristics of the Sugar Maple with the strong limbs and the gorgeous fall color and the seeds are inconspicuous and causes no significant litter problems.

The Green Mountain is used for wide tree lawns, screens, shade, and as specimen tree. It is also good street tree. The leathery leaves and durable foliage resists heat and drought. Sugar Maple is among the most shade tolerant of large deciduous trees. Like other maples, its shade tolerance is manifested in its ability to germinate and persist under a closed canopy as an understory plant.

Anyhoo…Rail City Garden Center has BEAUTIFUL 15 gallon trees ~ and they were 30% off! Our tree cost us $53 ~ bought it, they tagged it and held onto it for a day while I dug a hole. We figured it would take a day to dig the bloody hole since there are so many rocks in our property. But someone must have actually dug them out of the lawn as I didn’t hit rocks until I was about 15″ down. YEAH! It’s standing nice and tall now out front.

My upper back arm muscles (triceps?) are killing me now from pulling up the lawn…a yard circle with 8″ of dirt attached to the bottom is hard! I wanted to keep it in one piece JUST IN CASE we dug into pipes (which happened to the first hole…ran into some very old looking metal pipes, not sure what they were so I re-filled the hole and started over again).