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April in the Garden

Spring has sprung despite the unpredictable April weather. It is a busy time as we all rush around to put those finishing touches on our gardens, flowerbeds and lawns.  Here are a few things that you should pay attention to this month.20160328_153545

  • If you have not already done so, April is a great month to top dress your lawn, garden, and flower beds.Feed trees, shrubs and hedges.  Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth.  We offer a full  line of balanced fertilizers or you can get a delivery of our Cow Compost or Turkey Compost to add to your flower beds.

 

  • With the summer heat lurking, it is also a great time to mulch your garden and flower beds. You can save yourself some labor and time by using Geo Grower’s Magic Mulch to conserve moisture in your flowerbeds. Magic mulch is a mix of composed cow manure and shredded hardwood mulch to help you get the most out of your flowerbeds during our hot summers

 

  • .If you are using the mild April weather to install a new lawn, Geo Growers offers Thunder Dirt to create a stable and fertile base for all your grass planting.

 

  • Lift and divide perennial plants now to improve their vigor and create new plants for your garden.

 

  • It is not too late to plant trees. Geo Growers can provide you with a supply of Geo Tree Mix to give your trees the best chance of surviving the hot summer months.

 

  • Check that your container plants are not drying out – warm weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels.

 

  • Check that your container plants are not drying out – warm weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels.

 

What to Plant in April:

SEEDS:
EARLY APRIL:
Vegetables:  Lima beans, snap beans, beets, chard, okra, black-eyed peas, radishes,
New Zealand spinach, summer squash

LATE APRIL:
Vegetables:
Cantaloupe, sweet corn, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, watermelon

Herbs:
Anise, basil, bay, catnip, chives, comfrey, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, scented geranium, germander, horehound, lamb’s ear, lavender, lemon grass, lemon verbena, Mexican mint marigold, oregano, rosemary, sage,santolina, summer savory, winter savory, sorrel, southernwood, tansy, tarragon, thyme,
wormwood

Annuals:
Cleome, Coleus, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Gourds, Hyacinth Bean Vine, Impatiens, Moonflower Vine, Periwinkle, Sunflower, Tithonia, Zinnias.


 

PLANTS
Vegetables:
Eggplant, pepper, summer squash, sweet potato slips, tomatillo,Tomatoes

LATE APRIL:
Vegetables:
Cantaloupe, sweet corn, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, watermelon

Herbs:
Anise, basil, bay, catnip, chives, comfrey, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, scented geranium, germander, horehound, lamb’s ear, lavender, lemon grass, lemon verbena, Mexican mint marigold, oregano, rosemary, sage,santolina, summer savory, winter savory, sorrel, southernwood, tansy, tarragon, thyme,
wormwood

Perennials:
Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower, Daisies,  Lantana, Plumbago, Salvia, Yarrow,

Oak Wilt Prevention

What is Oak Wilt?

Oak Wilt is a fungus Ceratocystis Fafacearum, that infects the vascular system of all species of Oak Trees, especially Live Oaks, or properly known as Quercus Fuciformus.  The infection is lethal if left unchecked. It is much easier to take steps to prevent the infection than to try and save the tree after diagnosis.

Visible symptoms of Lie Oak Wilt:

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  • Reddish brown discoloration of central leaf veins (veinal necrosis)
  • Die off of major limbs on the tree
  • Rapid defoliation
  • Marginal scorch
  • TIp burn

For mor information: http://texasoakwilt.org/oakwilt/oak-wilt-identification/

How serious is Oak Wilt?oak_wilt2

Oak Wilt is very serious. It is spreading in Central Texas at an accelerating rate. More information can be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service web site: www.fs.fed.us

 

Is there something one can do to prevent Oak Wilt from developing?

Full Throttle Thunder is a granular treatment that may help prevent the infection of Oak Wilt.  Thunderhead Soil Inc., specifically designed this treatment tIMG_2844o restore the mineral balance as well as enhance the immune system within the plant tissues of Oak trees and all plants.

How does Full Throttle Thunder Work?

Thunderhead’s Full Throttle Thunder supplies trace minerals that are missing from most fertilizer formulations.  Th nutrients in Full Throttle Thunder are supplied to the root system with a unique humic acid delivery system.

Humic acid and humates are often in short supply in soil systems. The humate molecular structures allow for mineral accumulation and distribution.  This facilitates uptake of nutrients by the roots of all plants.  Humates and humic acid help foster robust microbial populations.  Microbial populations are individuals and groups of microscopic life forms that live in the soil and have a symbiotic or interactive relationship with the roots of plants.

These living microbes are referred to as soil biota and are parts of the soil food web.  They aid the transport of water, minerals, and complex molecules into the roots of the host plants they serve.

Austin area testing of this product began in 2002.  The use an study of this treatment is ongoing.  This product may also help reverse the symptoms of Oak Wilt. Positive response from Full Throttle Thunder users continues t accumulate.

Can Full Throttle Thunder Be used on the lawn?

Yes,  Full Throttle Thunder benefits your lawns, shrubs, flowerbeds, and plants for the same reason it benefits the Oaks.  It restores trace mineral balance and rebuilds the soil food web. It enhances the natural soil biota with humic and fulvic acids.  These groups of microbes must be diverse and distributed throughout the soil system to best serve the plant environment.  Full Throttle Thunder replenishes these microbial populations.

Where can I find Full Throttle Thunder?

Retailers of  Full Throttle Thunder are located in the Central Texas region and wherever our brochures are on display or at

Geo Growers, LLC
12002 Hwy 290 West
Austin, Texas 78737
(512) 892-2722