Seasonal Planting Tips from A&P Nursery in Mesa, Gilbert, and Queen Creek Arizona (480)396-8800
September and October is a good time to plant citrus trees, winter flowers, and vegetable gardens. It is also the ideal
time to fertilize existing trees and shrubs. During October
it is time to thatch and prepare your lawn for winter
Planting your Winter Lawn
*VERY IMPORTANT! The seed must stay wet. Water 3 to 5
times a day until seed germinates. Water long enough to
keep topping wet, but do not allow water to pool. This
will take 6 to 12 days, depending upon weather conditions.
- Scalp existing lawn, or if no lawn exists, rough up bare
ground with rake or rototiller.
- Apply perennial rye seed (A&P Custom Blend) at the rate
of 15 to 20 lbs. per 1000 square feet.
- Cover the seed with a finely ground organic mulch to
help hold in the moisture. A&P Moisture Mulch or steer
manure are excellent choices.
- Apply fertilizer (New Lawn Starter) to ensure a good,
even growth rate.
Get started on your holiday decorating early. Living Elderica
Pines used for Christmas trees come in during these October and November.
This is also a good time to plant trees, shrubs and bulbs
December and January are a great time to plant bare root trees such as
peach, plum and apricot, also roses, berries and bulbs.
It's also the perfect time to prepare your garden for
spring planting. This is the best time to prune your rose
Cut Christmas Tree Care Guide - Your tree will need at
least ½" to 1" cut off the stump end. We will be glad
to do this for you before your leave the nursery. If you
don't cut off the end, your tree will dry out immediately.
The stump needs to be completely submerged in water constantly.
This is where most people have problems, considering all
of our busy schedules; water is not restored to the reservoir
of the stand. Once this water is depleted the tree quickly
dries out. Keep the tree as far away as possible from
heat sources such as a fireplace or heater vent.
Most of the Christmas tree preservatives on the market
are quite effective. Use according to the directions and
check the water level daily. Be careful with homemade
concoctions. Most include bleach and iron that will stain
the carpet severely!
This is the time of year for planting and trimming. It's
a great time to plant roses and citrus trees or start
a flower or vegetable garden. This is also the best time
to do heavy pruning and fertilize all your plants and
trees. We recommend Fertilome Tree and Shrub Food and
Fertilome Citrus Food. This is a well balanced blend,
with all the trace elements your plants need.
March and April
During the warmer months fertilize with ½ feeding and
closely watch watering of trees and plants. This is the
time to plant Bermuda grass seed and install sod. Fertilize
your lawn once a month. To treat water mold in Vincas,
rotate your flower beds with other annuals such as Moss
Rose, being one of the hardy varieties, against this virus.
June, July and August