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Here are 6 reasons why you should fit some time in between watching football games and pulling out the Halloween decorations to plant your trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials.

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  1. Warm soil + cool air = happy plants
  2. Less insect pest and disease pressure
  3. Less water stress
  4. Planting is more pleasant
  5. Plants have a head start for next spring
  6. Better drought tolerance

Is your landscape ready for fall? Tom’s Thumb Nursery continues to offer full landscaping services. We can give your fall garden a refresh and maintenance rejuvenation. Just give us a call or fill out the form below to schedule, and we’ll be there!

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October 2, 2020

Lawn Care for October

Fall Fertilization – Make a fall application of an organic fertilizer . Make sure not to over-fertilize because that can predispose the grass to brown patch. The purpose of fertilizing now is to get some nitrogen and potassium to the grass to help it prepare for winter and come out stronger in the spring.
Lawn Fungus – If brown patch is an annual problem on your lawn, apply a fungicide early this month to get ahead of the infection. Once the brown circles appear, it is too late to make them go away.If take all root rot has been a problem, it may help to apply a thin layer of finely ground peat moss early this month. Spread one or two 3.8 cu ft bales per 1,000 square feet of lawn and water in down to the soil surface.
Weed Control – If you are planning on applying something to prevent weed germination, do so early this month. We recommend using Corn Gluten for an organic weed pre-emergent.


MicroLife Solutions for Salty Soil

Our Humate Plus is a great long term product for salt remediation. You should put it out a couple of times a year for a couple of years after being inundated with saltwater.
Will not burn and is completely safe for all beneficial life forms.

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FOXFARM BUSHDOCTOR – SledgeHammer

SledgeHammer® is a unique rinse formula designed to remove concentrated mineral salt deposits.
Derived from saponin, an extract of the Yucca schidigera plant.
SledgeHammer® is designed for organic gardening and can be used for both hydroponic and soil applications.

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Vegetables and Herbs – Now is the time to plant cool season vegetables & herbs: transplants such as arugula, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, onions, pak choi, spinach, squash, Swiss shard, tomatoes, zucchini and more! Also look for basil, chives, cilantro, lavender, lemongrass, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint and more!

Fall Planting Guide

Perennials & Annuals – Some of our favorite annuals and perennials are arriving this month. Plant those cool season flowers such as alyssum, snapdragons, mums, calendula, dianthas, ornamental kale, verbena, violas and more!

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September 22, 2020

Caring for Salty Soil

Microlife Solutions for Salty Soils

Our Humate Plus is a great long term product for salt remediation. They should put it out a couple of times a year for a couple of years after being inundated with saltwater.

MicroLife Humates Plus is a very well-crafted, totally unique biological and physical soil conditioner containing: Emery Humates, Potassium Sulfate, Norwegian Kelp, Yucca Wetting Agent, Molasses, Select Sugars, plus an enhanced MicroGro Supreme Bio-Inoculant package which contains billion of beneficial microorganisms including Endo & Ecto Mycorrhizal Fungi and Nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

When MicroLife Humates Plus is applied it quickly opens up the soil and the super nutrients drop into the root zone. There it builds bigger root systems and increases soil organic matter. Water infiltration and oxygen flow is increased all to the plant benefit. Plants get a major nutritional boost by the inclusion of 70 + minerals, plant hormones, plant stimulators, vitamins and amino acids.

Will not burn and is completely safe for all beneficial life forms.


Incredible Liquid Concentrate that Powers Up all Soils & Plants

The liquid Soil & Plant Energy will give quick results to get the process started. Using both products together is the best approach. The Soil & Plant Energy can be used monthly or as needed.

  • Superb Bio-Stimulant, Mineralizer, Food for Microbes and New Root Grower all in one
  • Use as a foliar spray or soil drench to quickly improve all soils and plants
  • Outstanding food for soil and leaf microbes
  • Provides over 63 minerals
  • Compliments any fertilizer program
  • Will not burn and is completely safe for all beneficial life forms
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Top tips for a successful fall vegetable garden

By Gabe Saldana
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

  • Plan for adequate sunlight. (at least 6 hrs of direct unobstructed sunlight)
  • Give roots and fruits the most sun.
  • Consider moving leafy greens into slightly shadier garden areas.
  • Amend your soil with compost. Compost helps sandy soils keep more water and it helps clay soils drain better. The quality and health of your soil will determine the health of your garden.
  • Check out the online Fall Vegetable Gardening Guide.

Lawn Care

Make a fall application of an organic fertilizer in late September. If your lawn is not dense and sunlight can reach the soil surface, weeds are likely to become a problem.
Cool season weeds start to sprout in late September. We recommend using Corn Gluten for an organic pre-emergent.
The best way to have a reasonably weed-free lawn is to build a dense turf with proper mowing, watering, fertilizing and adequate sunlight. If you don’t, you’ll be on a chemical treadmill year after year, fighting weeds.

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August 10, 2020

Water My Yard App

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Whether you are beginner gardener or have a green thumb, it can be difficult to figure out the right way to water your plants.

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Keep your yard healthy and save water with The WaterMyYard app. It can help you determine exactly how much to water and when. Get access to up to date watering recommendations and features to maximize your water conservation. You can even customize your settings to get automated recommendations based on your local weather conditions!

You can download WaterMyYard app for Android and iOS here!

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June 22nd marked the beginning of summer. But did you know that June 22nd also marked the beginning of  Pollinator Week? From June 22-28 and until August, Journey North will celebrate pollinators, specifically monarchs and hummingbirds. Read Pivotal Pollinators: Small in Size, Large in Impact to find out more about the importance of pollinators and why Journey North will celebrate Pollinator Week not just June 22-28 but all summer long.

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How can you help Pollinators?

Pollinators need each of us to plant and protect habitat whether in our back yards or public spaces. These “pollinator patches” collectively create habitat corridors that provide vital resources to pollinators such as milkweed for monarchs and nectar-rich flowers for hummingbirds during migration and breeding. Creating more pollinator-friendly habitat protects other wildlife as well. Native plants work best for pollinator gardens. Our knowledgeable staff at Tom’s Thumb can help you with your plant selections. Consider eliminating pesticides or reducing the amount and using organic alternatives.

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July 2, 2020

Organic Products

Medina Hasta Gro Lawn

At Tom’s Thumb Nursery, we take pride in offering lots of organic options for your lawn & garden needs. Some of our favorites include FoxFarm soils, Microlife, Medina & Nature’s Creation lawn fertilizers, Monterrey Bt & Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Spray, and Bonide Burnout weed killer. Stop in and let us help keep your yard safe for you and your pets.

MicroLife at Tom's Thumb Nursery

Tom’s Thumb Nursery is proud to now carry MicroLife products!

“We believe that healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy planet, and healthy people are all connected. As such we take great care in how we manufacture all of the MicroLife products. We make sure that all of our products have the highest nutritional value possible so that all soils, plants, and people benefit.”

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Milky Spore

Organic Control

Milky Spore

Milky Spore Granular is an organic long-lasting control for the Japanese beetle grub. The granular product can be 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 the final application.

Learn more about the control of Japanese Beetles!

Lace Bugs on Lantana

Recently, several of our customers have brought in lantana infested with lace bugs. The following article is an excellent source of information concerning this problem.  Lace Bugs on Lantana. Recommended treatment is spinosad, horticultural oils, or garlic pepper tea.

Ladybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow-moving insects including aphids, moth eggs, mites, scales, thrips, leafhoppers, mealybugs and other slow-moving insects. Ladybugs are a must-have for organic gardening or organic farming.

Education: Dr. Johnson’s Weekly Garden Columns

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Don’t forget about your plants if you are planning a vacation this summer. Install a timer on your drip system. Here is a tip from the Texas Gardener: If your plants are in containers, set the containers in a shallow kiddie pool with a few inches of water. Place mosquito dunks in the water to prevent mosquitos. Another suggestion is to use a plant nanny in your pots and in the ground.

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Web Caterpillars


These insect pests produce a web that envelopes leaves near the tips of the branches. They prefer mulberry and pecan, however, webworms will feed on a wide variety of other landscape trees ( Oak) and shrubs.
These pests can be controlled with organic insecticides such as Dipel, Bio-worm Killer or other organic spray products containing Bacillus thuringiensis. B.t. The caterpillars eat it, become sick almost immediately, stop feeding and then die within a few days.

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