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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

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December In Your Garden



✔ 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! 

✔ To prevent Peach Leaf Curl on your peach and nectarine trees, spray with Monterey Liqui-Cop or Bonide's Copper Fungicide.

✔ Prune most fruit trees, roses and deciduous trees from December through January.

✔ Do not prune spring flowering shrubs and trees such as lilac, quince, flowering cherry until the bloom is finished.

✔ 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. 



  • Keep your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland fresh by applying Cloud Cover or Wilt Stop. We also recommend adding KEEPS-IT GREEN Tree Preservative to your tree's water to prevent bateria 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Add camellias now for winter color in afternoon shade. Camellia sasanqua varieties bloom early to mid season for a range of hues. 
  • For more winter color plant primroses, pansies, Iceland poppies, ornamental cabbage or kale to name a few. 


  • Protect plants from frost. Be prepared with frost protective fabric, bags and liquid sprays such as Cloud Cover. Protect hibiscus, bougainvillea, citrus, avocados and succulents to name a few.


  • 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. 
  • To prevent spring weeds such as oxalis and annual blue grass in the landscape or lawn apply the pre-emergent Bonide's Crabgrass & Weed Preventer.