STAYING IN > GARDENING.Byline: >JACK CHRISTENSEN
Here are some things to do in your garden in the next week.
Ready, set, spray
Apply dormant sprays to deciduous deciduous /de·cid·u·ous/ (de-sid´u-us) falling off or shed at maturity, as the teeth of the first dentition.
1. fruit trees as soon as leaves fall completely. Spray Lime-Sulfur "Dormant Disease Control" mixture within the next few weeks to stop fungus diseases from getting a foothold come spring. Spray dormant oil to smother wintering insect pests hiding inside the bark. Both products are available at home and garden centers.
An ornamental mess
Carrotwood trees are blooming now. To prevent the formation of those hard, messy seed pods and fruits on these and other ornamental trees, spray the foliage with Florel Fruit Eliminator before flowering ends. It's available from garden centers and home improvement stores. The active ingredient An active ingredient, also active pharmaceutical ingredient (or API), is the substance in a drug that is pharmaceutically active. Some medications may contain more than one active ingredient. , a natural plant hormone called ethephon, causes the fertilized fer·til·ize
v. fer·til·ized, fer·til·iz·ing, fer·til·iz·es
1. To cause the fertilization of (an ovum, for example).
2. flowers to fall off so fruits can't develop.
Save the water
Most of us can turn off automatic sprinklers for fruit trees, roses and landscape beds until spring. Most plants need very little extra water in winter. Remember to irrigate ir·ri·gate
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid. occasionally during warm spells or Santa Ana winds Santa Ana Winds may refer to:
1. Santa Ana wind, a local Southern California reference to Föhn winds, a meteorological phenomenon occurring as a layer of wind is forced over a mountain range -- drying the air -- which then passes over the crest and begins to move downslope -- , however. Make a note on your calendar to turn the sprinklers back on about March.