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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

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December In Your Garden


Each month we keep you up-to-date on what you should be seeding, weeding and feeding in your garden. 

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✔ HURRY! Place a special order now for Fruit Trees and Roses and receive 20% off your purchase when placing it before December 2nd (we know our sheet says the 1st but we’re extending it to include Sunday!) View the 2019 Fruit Tree List and Rose List now and give us a call or see us in person to place your today! Didn’t get a chance to place an order - don’t worry we’ll have a huge selection of fruit trees and roses come mid-January!

 ✔ Feed spring-flowering plants and fruit trees monthly with Master Bloom 0-10-10 or E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom 0-10-10. These fertilizers are formulated with without nitrogen to boost flowering and fruiting. We especially recommend feeding your azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons for spectacular blooms. A 0-10-10 will also improve your yield, quality and sweetness of your citrus and other fruit trees! 

✔ Prune most fruit trees, roses and deciduous trees from December through January. Though be sure not to prune spring flowering shrubs and trees such as lilac, quince, flowering cherry until the bloom is finished. Need some advice? There’s still room in our FREE Winter Pruning Demos in January led by Shawna! Check out the dates and times here!

✔ Lost a rake in those giant piles of leaves? Stop in and pick up a new rake, gloves, pruners and your other favorite tools to tackle those weekend projects!

✔ To prevent spring weeds such as oxalis and annual blue grass in the landscape apply the pre-emergent Preen Weed Preventer. Formulated to stop weeds before they start, apply now for the weed-free garden of your dreams! Looking for something for your lawns? Keep reading below!


  • Keep your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland fresh by applying Wilt Stop. Wilt Stop reduces moisture loss, wind burn, winter kill, sunscold and an overall drying out. Pick up an extra bottle and use it on your Christmas tree too! We also recommend adding KEEPS-IT GREEN Tree Preservative to your tree's water to prevent bacteria growth. For more details and our step-by-step process read our Keeping Your Holiday Greenery Fresh blog post.

  • For Christmas color and fragrance decorate with cyclamen, paperwhites, amaryllis and poinsettias.

  • Don’t know what Christmas gift to purchase? Orchard Nursery Gift Cards make great gifts!

  • Have a safe and happy holiday!


  • It's not too late to plant spring flowering bulbs, tulips, daffodils, freesias, crocus and many more. For our tips and tricks read our Planting Bulbs blog post here. Don’t forget to fertilize your bulbs with Master Nursery’s Bone Meal 1-15-0.

  • For more winter color plant primroses, pansies, Iceland poppies, cyclamen, ornamental cabbage and kale to name a few.

  • Continue deadheading from annuals to elongate their blooming period.

  • Plant garlic, shallot, and onions starts or sets (bulbs) in full sun with fertile, well-drained soil (we recommend mulching!) Check out our blog for more information on planting garlic, shallots and onions.

  • Apply Master's Hydra Blue Aluminum Sulfate through January for beautiful blue blooms on your hydrangeas. Read Q & A: Hydrangeas for our tips and tricks. 

  • Add camellias now for winter color in afternoon shade. Camellia sasanqua varieties bloom early to mid season for a range of hues.

  • For your camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas switch to Master Nursery’s Master Bloom 0-10-10. This will help promote larger and more profuse blooming next spring.

  • We also recommend applying Master Nursery’s Cottonseed Meal 6-2-1 to your acid loving blueberries, rhododendrons, ferns, pieris, camellias and azaleas as they begin to set their buds.


  • Continue fertilizing your vegetable garden with Master Nursery’s Tomato & Vegetable Food 5-10-10 or E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food 4-5-3. Feed your veggies and they’ll feed you!


  • Be sure to fertilize all fruit trees and flowering plants again this month with Master Nursery’s Master Bloom 0-10-10. This helps especially your citrus trees to help sweeten their fruit!

  • Prevent Peach Leaf Curl on your peach and nectarine trees, with an application of Liquid-Cop and/or Copper Soap Fungicide. Read up on peach leaf curl here.


  • Baby it’s cold outside! Protect your plants from frost with frost cloth - find our selection near the Outside Shop. Protect hibiscus, bougainvillea, citrus, avocados and succulents to name a few.

  • In the case of frost: Remember, if your plants do suffer from frost, be sure not to prune the damaged area! Although it may be unsightly, the dead foliage will help insulate the plant from further damage. Questions? Stop in today and let us help you protect your plants this winter! 


  • Take note of your lawn sprinklers, it might be time to turn them off or down (depending on our level of rain.)

  • Feed lawns with Master Nursery's Fall & Winter Feed 20-6-7. Apply monthly to keep your lawns at their best. Why apply this over regular lawn food? The nitrogen in the Fall & Winter Feed is formulated to work even faster in the colder months of the year.

  • For weeds in the lawn, apply Bonide’s Crabgrass & Weed Preventer. It’s formulated to control crabgrass, annual bluegrass and more in lawns and landscapes.