April Organic Maintenance
· Trees, shrubs, ground covers, bines and perennials.
· Warm season turf grass from plugs, solid sod, sprigs, or seed.
· Roses and other perennials.
· Fruit and pecan trees.
· Warm-season flowers including: (for sun) ageratum, columbine, copper leaf, cosmos, daisies, esperanza, firecracker fern, four nerve daisy, hummingbird bush, iris, nasturtium, penstemon, periwinkles, cosmos, portulaca, begonias, marigolds, zinnias, lantana; (for shade) caladiums, coleus, impatiens, begonias and nicotiana.
· Tropical plants such as hibiscus, pentas, firebush and purple fountain grass.
· Summer herbs in beds, pots and hanging baskets.
· Warm-season vegetables, including melons, okra, southern peas, corn, squash, sweet potatoes, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, and tomatoes.
· Summer-flowering shrubs and roses if not already done.
· Spray Garrett Juice Plus an drench pant roots with Garrett Juice and T hrive.
· Apply Garrett Juice to the soil monthly as a root stimulator to newly planted trees and shrubs and any plants in stress.
· Treat chlorotic plants with greensand or the entire Sick Tree Treatment.
· Treat plantings with mycorrhizal fungi products.
· Trim spring-blooming vines and shrubs such as azaleas, flowering quince, and forsythia immediately after bloom.
· Cut back mums, fall asters, Mexican bush sage and other fall blooming perennials.
· Pick-prune hedges (or light shearing if you must) to be wider at the bottom of the plant for better light and thicker growth.
· Remove spent blooms from roses unless you are growing them for the hips.
· Thin peach fruit to 5” apart, plums to 4” apart, apples and pears to 1 per cluster.
· All planting areas deeply but infrequently during dry periods.
· Potted plants as needed. Add Garrett Juice or aerated compost tea for fertilizer value and flower stimulation. For additional benefit, add mycorrhizal fungi products such as Nature’s Creation Quick Dissolve products.
· INSECTS: Release green lacewings for control of thrips in roses, gladiolas, and other flowers. Spray PlantWash for minor problems, and neem to the sprays for more serious pests.
· Snails, slugs, pill bugs: spray garlic-pepper tea, or dust around plants with cedar flakes, hot pepper, and natural diatomaceous earth in dry weather. Mulch plants with pine needles or lava gravel. Spray plant oil products if necessary. Use spinsosad products and dispose bois d’ arc fruit in problem areas.
· Release trichogramma wasps for pecan casebearers and other caterpillar pests.
· Ticks, fleas, and chiggers: natural diatomaceous earths when weather is dry and apply beneficial nematodes anytime. Spray plant oil products if necessary.
· Treat peaches and plums and other fruit with the Organic Fruit and Pecan Tree Program. The latest version is on the home page of DirtDoctor.com.
· Aphids: Spray a water blast followed by release of ladybugs. Add 1-2 oz. of molasses for better results.
· For fire ants release beneficial nematodes. Treat mounds with Spinosad or drench with a mound drench mixture of orange oil, molasses and compost tea. Broadcast dry molasses.
· DISEASES: Black spot on roses: Garrett Juice plus garlic tea. See Rose Program also molasses/orange oil drench. PlantWash is an effective commercial product.
· Remove the plant stress that brought the pests on, in the first place or they will be back.
· Mow weekly and leave clippings on the lawn.
· Turn compost pile.
· Continue to add new vegetative matter and manure to existing and additional compost piles.
· Mulch all bare soil.
· Feed and water the birds!