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May 29, 2021

BACCTO

BACCTO Veggie Mix is the newest addition to our Tom’s Thumb Organic Garden Care arsenal!

BACCTO® Veggie Mix features a natural organic fertilizer in a blend of natural dark, rich, reed sedge peat, and dense, brown, fibrous sphagnum peat moss. Because of its components, it naturally holds water to allow reduced watering! Specially designed for growing vegetables, there is enough for you use to for up to 6 weeks.

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May 13, 2021

June Bugs

Monterey B.t.

June Bugs derive their name from the fact that adult June bugs emerge from the soil at the end of spring or the beginning of the summer. Females bury their eggs just below the soil surface. June bug larvae hatch within 3 to 4 weeks and feed on grass and plant roots for several months to as long as three years. In spring and early summer, these larvae — also known as grubs — grow into pupae. Within 3 weeks, these pupae mature into adult June bugs.

June bugs can cause damage to gardens, lawns, and pastures. They are classified as chafers, meaning they feed on vegetation, specifically leaves. Their diet can also encompass grass, flowers, fruit, food crops such as grains (wheat, corn, etc.), sap, and decaying organic material. June bugs are nocturnal. They feed from dusk through the evening hours in order to avoid predators.

How to Get Rid of June Bugs Naturally

To organically treat the grubs that cause lawn damage, you can apply Bacillus thuringiensis or Milky Spore to the soil to kill the June bug grubs.

Milky Spore Granular is an organic long-lasting control for the Japanese beetle grub. Applied using a drop spreader for easy complete coverage of your yard. Apply Spring, Summer, and Fall for two consecutive years. Guaranteed to last 10 years after final application.

Milky Spore is a bacterium that infects and kills grubs. You apply milky spore to your lawn and water it in so grubs become infected by swallowing a spore when feeding on grass roots. The grub is killed 7 to 21 days later. As the grub decomposes billions of new spores will be introduced into the soil from one grub.

As the spores multiply in your soil, they spread to cover the entire lawn. As time passes, the spores will spread to neighboring lawns. This bacterium becomes more effective over time and has a life span of 15 years.
Milky Spore is approved by the EPA. It is a safe material to kill grubs. It is not toxic to insects, birds, pets, or humans. It will not affect wells, ponds, or streams. Also, it is harmless for food crops.

Other Organic Methods

  1. Grub nematodes can also be applied to the soil to kill June bug grubs.
  2. You can build a June bug trap. Use a jar or a bucket and place a white light at the top of the container with an inch or two of vegetable oil at the bottom of the jar or bucket. The container should be open so that the June bugs can fly in towards the light. They will fall into the oil below and be unable to fly away again.
  3. Attracting small snakes, frogs, and toads to your yard can also help get rid of June bugs, as these are predators of this pest.
  4. Just catch any adult beetles you spot on vegetation or buzzing around outside and dump them in a cup of soapy water. June bugs usually won’t put up much of a fight during the process, but wear gloves just in case—several species have thorny spikes on their legs that can irritate the skin if you grab them just right.
  5. Apply Cedarcide granules to your yard every 4-6 weeks from early March through late October.
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May 13, 2021

Smart Pots

Smart Pots

New at #TomsThumbNursery- Smart Pots! 🧠🌱

Smart Pot is the original, award-winning, fabric planter for faster producing, healthier plants. They allow maximum drainage of water, proper development of the roots by “air pruning” the roots, and allows a ton of oxygen to the roots which promotes root and vegetative growth. Plus, they’re made in the US, durable, & long-lasting!

We’ve got fabric planters in a variety of sizes (3 gallon, 5 gallon, 7 gallon) and NoCoco Liners for hanging baskets!

Smart Pots
Fabric Planters (3 gallon, 5 gallon, 7 gallon) and NoCoco Liner for hanging baskets!
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April 6, 2021

Dead or Alive?

Did the winter storm hurt your plants? Accidentally left a plant unattended? Things happen, and we understand. Feel free to ask one of our super-duper staff members for tips! Here are a few tests to try yourself and see if your plants are still good to go or if it’s time to put them to rest.

Scratch Test:

Take your thumbnail and lightly scrape the bark off a branch. If it’s soft and green underneath, it’s still alive. If it’s dead, it will be brown underneath. It may also be dry and brittle or soft and mushy. A pruning cut should be made 1-2 inches into the green, just 1/4 inch about a node (the bumps on the stems where leaves emerge).

Vines:

The top of this star jasmine vine is dead, but a scratch test on the thicker stems at the base shows that part of the plant is still alive!

Woody Plants:

Woody plants include trees or shrubs, as well as Salvia greggi, rosemary, star jasmine, and many others! For these plants, prune away dead limbs back to live wood, using the scratch test to determine which parts are still alive.

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Caladium

Caladiums are known for their big, heart-shaped leaves that display amazing color combinations of white, pink, red, and green. Add them to your garden for a beautiful burst of color!

At #TomsThumbNursery, we just got some plants and bulbs in stock! Learn all about how to plant and care for them here:

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Vegetables & Herbs – Largest Variety On The Island! If you are buying your vegetable and herb plants from us, then you know that you are getting the very best! Our transplants are arriving daily. We can also help you select the right soil, compost, and fertilizer for your garden.

Easy-to-Grow from Seed – Edibles: Amaranth, Arugula, Basil, Bean, Broccoli Raab, Chives, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Pea, Pumpkin, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi

Perennials & Annuals – Colorful flowering plants in our garden.

Easy-to-Grow from Seed – Flowers: Ammi, Bachelor’s Button, Broom Corn, Calendula, CA Bluebells, Cosmos, Flax, Flower Mixes, Larkspur, Love-in-a-Mist, Marigold, Money plant, Morning Glory, Nasturtium, Orlaya, Poppy, Sunflower, and our favorite Zinnia!

Trees, Shrubs & Vines – New stock has arrived.

Be patient as it will take some time for your plants to recover from the recent freeze. Take notice of the vegetation that did well in the freeze. You may want to consider different types of trees and shrubs when you are planting this year.

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April 6, 2021

Lawn Care for the Spring

Medina Hasta Gro Lawn

Lawns are greening up this month and winter weeds are growing as well. When your lawn has grown enough to mow it twice, it is time to fertilize. Mowing weeds doesn’t count.

Your options for weed control are to 1) ignore them and keep them mowed low, 2) hand-pull if there are not too many or the area is not too large, or 3) spot treat with a post-emergence organic weed killer.

The best long-term solution is to mow, water, and fertilize properly to build a dense, healthy turf that chokes out most of its weed competition. If your lawn is continually thin and weak, you will find weeds to be an ongoing problem because wherever the sunlight hits the soil, nature plants a weed. Just remember, the best weed control is a dense lawn.
Pick up our guide to organic lawn fertilization, organic herbicides and organic fungicides!

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Check out this Palm Tree Highlight from one of the amazing staff members we have here at #TomsThumbNursery. In this video, Gus covers two palm tree varieties that would survive a freeze like last week.

We have a few palm tree varieties available now. Stop by during our operating hours 👍 As always, feel free to pick our brains on what will work for you.

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St. Augustinegrass Home Lawn Maintenance Calendar

Taking care of your lawn can be tricky, especially in a new season. Check out our lawn maintenance calendar that’ll help you understand what to do when it comes to mowing, fertilization, weed control, irrigation, and more!

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Vegetables and Herbs – Continue to plant arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, kale and more! When planting transplants, water them in with a soluble organic fertilizer solution to get them off to a good start. Continue a light application of organic fertilizer every few weeks. Watch for pests, such as aphids and caterpillars. Sprays of insecticidal soap will control aphids and sprays or dust containing Bt will control caterpillars.

Perennials & Annuals – It’s time to plant alyssum, cyclamen, mums, pansies, snapdragons, violas, and ornamental cabbages. If you haven’t done so already, work some compost into the soil before planting.

Trees, Shrubs & Vines – This is the best time of the year to plant woody ornamentals! This is also the best time to move a plant already growing in the landscape. Stop in and let is help you select a beautiful shrub or tree for your Fall landscape. Our landscape department will be happy to plant for you. Give us a call to schedule.

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