Back To School Savings – September

Relieving Gastric Discomfort in Horses

Just as back to school season can be stressful for parents and kids alike, changing seasons and many environmental factors can be very stressful to horses.  And, when horses are stressed they’re significantly more likely to develop gastric discomfort which can lead to ulcers. Some of these stressors include hard work, trailering, stall rest, inadequate forage quality and quantity, and more.  The horse’s stomach is designed to be acidic and it can withstand those pH levels. But during times of stress the pH can drop and lead to gastric discomfort. You may notice a reduced appetite or picky eating, weight loss, chronic diarrhea, behavior changes or poor performance.  Luckily for your horse’s belly (and you) Purina Animal Nutrition has developed Outlast – which is designed, and research proven, to reduce the acidity of the horse’s stomach. When fed a serving of Outlast it will buffer the contents of the stomach quickly and it will last for several hours. This buffering action helps treat gastric discomfort and can help prevent ulcers from forming.  Outlast can be fed as a top dress to any feeding program and can also be fed alone just before stressful situations (think: showing, trailering, hard work). There are also several feeds from Purina that have Outlast included in their formula.

Relieving Gastric Discomfort in Horses

Stop Weeds Before They Start

Using pre-emergent weed control products is an effective way to stop weeds before they start.  When applied at the right time these products will keep the weed seeds from germinating. There are a couple of things to keep in mind.  One, different weeds have different growing seasons. There are some weeds that thrive in the cooler winter temperatures and then die before the heat loving weeds come up for summer.  Two, weeds can be classified as either grassy or broad-leaf. Different products are made for each type. September is the ideal time to apply pre-emergent control to keep the cool season weeds at bay.  Dimension (Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension) is the product most widely used and will control grassy weeds. Fertilome Weed Preventer with Gallery will help control the broad-leaf weeds. Both products can be applied easily with a broadcast spreader and watered in.  You’ll want to re-apply in late spring to help control the warm season weeds.


2018 Nursery Gallery

The nursery at D&L Farm and Home - Aubrey is in full swing for the 2018 season!

Stop by the Aubrey store (map it) and check it out!  Fully stocked with flowers, perennials, annuals, trees (including fruit trees), shrubs, hanging baskets, vegetable transplants, strawberries, melons, succulents and more!  Plus, all the soils and amendments you’ll need to get your lawn and garden growing great.

St. Augustine Sod Now Available In Aubrey

St. Augustine Sod has arrived and is now available at the Aubrey store

St. Augustinegrass is medium to dark green and coarse textured, and it has a low, dense growth habit. It grows well in nearly all soil types and tolerates shade, heat, salt and, to some degree, drought. It does not tolerate waterlogged soils or extended periods of cold weather. St. Augustinegrass is an aggressive species that spreads rapidly by above-ground growth structures called stolons. If managed properly, St. Augustinegrass forms a dense cover that handles light traffic and competes well with most weeds. St. Augustinegrass is the most shade tolerant warm-season turfgrass.

St. Augustine sod is now available for the season at our Nursery at the Aubrey store (map it).  It is $2.49 per piece, $262.99 per pallet.

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Reference: Texas AgriLife Extension https://goo.gl/PXKmzi

D&L Nursery News – February

Garden Tip:

It’s time to plant potatoes!  Prepping Seed Potatoes:  Cut up any potato larger than a lime and thicker than your thumb.  Make sure there are at least 2-4 “eyes” (buds) per piece. Allow potato pieces to callous, and dust with Sulfur to prevent decay.  Planting in trenches:  Dig trenches 6” deep, put Cotton Burr Compost in the trench and place potato pieces cut side down 12-18” apart in trenches, then cover up with compost and soil.  Soil should be loose and drain well.  If temperatures should fall below freezing, place straw around plants.  Harvesting Potatoes:  When potato plants are large and have begun to flower, you may be able to harvest the “new” potatoes. New potatoes are thin skinned and sweet.  When potato plants are yellow-colored and wilted, you will need to pick all of the potatoes.

 

Pruning in February:

Prune Bush Roses.  Remove half of top growth, both by reducing height and by removing weak, internal canes.  Each cut should be just above a bud that faces out from the center of the bush to encourage open growth. More info available from Neil Sperry

 

Weed Prevention:

Corn Gluten Meal is an organic pre-emergent to prevent weeds from germinating in the soil.  Hi Yield Dimension is a great synthetic option available to stop weeds from sprouting.  Apply Ferti-lome Weed Free Zone to kill winter broadleaf weeds that have already sprouted in your lawn – though most of these will die anyway once the weather changes.

 

Feeding Time:

Fertilize your vegetable garden with MicroLife 6-2-4 early in the month to encourage strong new shoots.  Fertilize cool-season turf (fescue and ryegrass) with 21-0-0.

 

It’s time to plant fruit trees, grapes and berry vines!

Planting now will help your plants get established before the hot summer months.  Be sure to add Cotton Burr Compost to your existing soil when planting and fertilize with MicroLife Citrus & Fruit 6-2-4.

Check out D&L’s February Love On Your Lawn Specials to save on several products mentioned above!

 

Raised Bed & Straw Bale Gardening 101 in Celina – Feb. 18, 2017

straw-bale101Join us February 18, 2017 at D&L Farm and Home in Celina for our Raised Bed & Straw Bale Gardening 101 session.

Learn how to get started with your own raised bed or straw bale garden.  We’ll cover all the basics including soils, soil amendments, planting instructions, watering and maintenance, and anything else you’ll need to know. Sessions will be held at 10 am and 1 pm with snacks and refreshments available around lunch time.

 

Where:

D&L Farm and Home – Celina
811 N Louisiana
Celina, TX 75009
972-382-1197

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D&L Nursery News – January, 2017

10425402_10155129654330113_5460430417246986516_nTime to plant onions!

To prep your soil before planting add organic matter such as cotton burr compost, bark mulch, chicken manure and peat moss.  This will help sandy soil retain moisture and nutrients, and help loosen tight clay soils. Plant onion bulbs 1” to 2” deep and about 4″ apart.  Water thoroughly every week, and fertilize every 3 weeks. The traditional time to plant potatoes in our area is Valentines day.  Cut your seed potatoes into chunks, ideally keeping 2 eyes on each piece and dust lightly with Hi Yield dusting sulfur to help prevent rot after planting.  It is good to wait a couple of days after cutting into chunks and then plant them about 6″ deep with the eyes pointing up.

Winter Pruning

Now is a great time to prune Crepe Myrtles and other summer flowering shrubs and vines. Never ‘top’ crepe myrtles, which means cutting off over half of the plant.  It does not improve their flower and it ruins their natural form forever. To prune a Crepe Myrtle correctly remove the old seed pods and the suckers that come from the base of the trunk.  Reshape evergreen shrubs when needed and remove damage.  Remove strongly vertical shoots to encourage horizontal branching on fruit trees

Insect Control

Hollies, Euonymus, Crepe Myrtles, Camellias, Oaks, Pecans and other fruit trees are all susceptible to scale insects.  Apply dormant spray to control the over wintering insects and to prevent disease infection. Dormant spray suffocates insects and eggs of pests in your tree before the pest wake from their winter sleep.

 

Feeding Time

This is a good time to apply Blood Meal every 2-3 weeks during warm spells to your Pansies and other plants where luxuriant top growth and deep green foliage is desired.

 

Other Things to Domicrolife organic fertilizer

  • Be ready for cold weather extremes.  Frost cloth offers 4-8 degrees of protection. It also keeps blustery winds off your plants.
  • Water during dry spells.  Cold damage is more severe for plants that are allowed to become too dry.
  • Digging and relocating trees and shrubs must be done during winter dormant season. Dig with ball of soil intact and replant at the original depth.
  • It’s time to prep your soil for Spring!  Apply Microlife Humates Plus to help loosen clay soil, improve sandy soil and build a bigger root system in your plant.