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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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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

Tom's Thumb Nursery

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

Tom's Thumb Nursery

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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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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Passion Vine

The temperatures are starting to warm up, and so are our crops! Now’s the perfect time to start planting some summer crops for the next season.

Vegetables & Herbs – Warm-season crops are in their prime this month. One mistake new gardeners make is to not harvest vegetables at their peak quality. Left on the plant too long, many will decline in quality.

  • Eggplant can become tough and bitter; green beans stringy and less tasty;
  • Squash and cucumbers become too mature with tough skin and large tough seeds.
  • If you have mockingbirds, squirrels, and other raiders, it may be wise to pick your tomatoes early and allow them to ripen on the kitchen counter.

Fertilize growing crops with a natural, organic fertilizer that not only promotes healthy plant growth but is also good for your soil.

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