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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549


This Month In Your Garden


  • Add 3 to 4 inches of mulch, such as MasterNursery™ Gold Rush, to flower and vegetable beds to keep the ground weed-free and to prevent loss of moisture.

  • Feed hanging basket fuchsia, ivy geranium, lantana, etc. with MasterBloom™ once a month, or at half strength every two weeks.

  • Thin fruit on fruit trees, especially apples. Leave about 5 inches between fruit and get ready for apple pie.

  • It’s a great time to plant tasty herbs for use in summer BBQ’s. Try mint and rosemary for lamb or basil for beef and pork.

  • Feed roses and keep a sharp look out for blackspot, powdery mildew and rust, which can develop on the leaves. If you aren’t sure of what is damaging your roses, bring a sample into our California Certified Nursery Professionals for a diagnosis. 

  • There’s still time to plant summer blooming annuals. Try celosia, petunias, marigolds, dahlias, nicotiana, salvia or zinnias. Bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggo™ from Monterey Lawn and Garden Products.

  • “Deadhead” spent blooms on annual flowers to promote continual flowering. Feed with MasterBloom™ fertilizer monthly to keep plants healthy and flower production high.

  • Don’t forget to put on sunscreen when you go out to garden—and a hat to keep your head cool. 

  • Vegetable gardens need deep and infrequent watering to reach the roots several feet below the soil surface.

  • Tuberous begonias can give bountiful flower displays in summer and should be fed throughout the hot months.

  • Remember Dad with a growing gift from Orchard. Citrus trees, fragrant gardenias and blooming roses are just a few suggestions.

  • Yellowing foliage on camellias and azaleas is often due to a lack of iron. If an acid plant food like MasterNursery™ Azalea/Camellia/Gardenia Food doesn’t green them up, try adding MasterNursery™ Iron-Plus.

  • Frequent trimming of hedges promotes new growth and a full, dense look, while infrequent trimming causes a bare, woody look.

  • Keep petunias and fuchsias pinched back for a compact plant and more blooms this summer. Be sure to bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggo™.

  • Keep an eye out for budworms, especially on petunias, nicotiana and geraniums. Spray with BT to control.