Sunday, September 30, 2012

Golden Delicious Apple

Golden Delicious Apples (Malus pumila) are crisp, sweet, and juicy when picked at peak ripeness from your own tree.

Have you been unimpressed with Golden Delicious Apples purchased from your local grocery store or super market? Most often those apples were picked prior to peak ripeness so that they could be stored and shipped, so flavor and sugars never fully developed. Don’t let those grocery store apples make up your mind about Golden Delicious Apples. They are a deliciously sweet treat when picked ripe and eaten directly from the tree.

Golden Delicious Apples ripen during September in Los Lunas, New Mexico and are heavy bearing trees.

Golden Delicious Apples ripen over several weeks allowing you sufficient time to enjoy and / or process. Pick Golden Delicious Apples when they change to a yellow gold

or yellow gold with rosy cheeks.

Golden Delicious apple trees are self-fertile, meaning they are stand-alone fruit trees requiring no other nearby apple trees for pollination. Golden Delicious Apple is a good pollinator for other apple varieties that are not self-fertile.

Golden Delicious Apples are used for fresh eating or processing into jelly, apple butter, sauces, or fresh frozen for use later in pies and pastries. Golden Delicious Apples only store for about two weeks before they lose their crispness and flavor declines, so you must "Usem or Losem".

Golden Delicious Apple is best grown in full sun with regular water and is hardy to USDA zone 5.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information, availability, and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Afghan Pine

The Afghan Pine (Pinus eldarica) is also known as Desert Pine, Eldarica Pine or Mondell Pine. Afghan Pine is native to low rainfall areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and southern Russia. In fact, when planted in areas of high rainfall (> 20” per year), it becomes susceptible to a number of diseases and rapidly declines. This problem has occurred in East Texas.  The Afghan Pine thrives in heat, wind, and tolerates drought. Afghan Pine must be planted in soils with good drainage like sand. It is not suitable for poorly drained heavy clasy soils.

Afghan Pines are generally pyramidal or Christmas tree shaped in form when young

becoming more oval or irregular with age.

The leaves of the Afghan Pine are evergreen needles usually found in groups of 2 per fascicle or sheath.

Needles are shed after several years and make excellent mulch as they fall around the trees base.

It has attractive trunk bark that becomes dark and furrowed with age.

Afghan Pines can add 1′-2′ new growth per year and reach 40′ tall and 15′-20′ wide. Afghan Pines are useful as specimen trees, windbreaks, or visual barriers.

The Afghan Pine is best grown in full sun on well drained soils with low to regular water. It is hardy to USDA Zone 6.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for availability and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time to Save during our October Sale!!!!!

Don’t miss our annual October Sale!

Each October we discount our Trees and Shrubs, some as much as 50%.

Have you been waiting for cooler weather to plant?

Have you been looking for that perfect tree or shrub for your home or business?

October is your month, not only for planting but to get some great deals on Shade Trees, Oak Trees, Fruit Trees, Ornamentals, Cacti, and Perennials at Trees That Please Nursery!.

Do you need to feed and fertilize your landscape? Come in and save on Soil Secret Products like: Earth Magic, Protein Crumblies, Compost, and Worm Castings!

Don’t miss our annual October Sale! October 1st thru the 31st!  We hope to see you there!!!! 

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is also known as false grape, five-finger ivy, five-leaved ivy, and woodbine. It is native to eastern and central North America and eastern Mexico.

Virginia Creeper is vigorous growing vine easily adding 10’ – 15’ of growth annually. It is most often grown as an ornamental plant to create a visual barrier, hide a fence or wall,

as a ground cover, and even on walls of homes to help cool during summer months.

Virginia Creeper climbs using tendrils (like grapes) that have adhesive pads at their ends. These adhesive pads allow the plant to climb up smooth walls, telephone poles, trees, etc.

The leaves of Virginia Creeper are compound with usually 5 smaller leaflets.

Virginia Creeper is also grown for the beautiful fall color it produces. Leaves may be red to burgundy

and many different colors from red to green.

Virginia Creeper may smother or kill plants it covers by shading them and thereby limiting the plants' ability to get adequate sun to produce sugars from photosynthesis.

The fruit of Virginia Creeper is a berry that is poisonous to humans. Berries are blue-black when mature and are a favorite food of birds in the fall and winter.

Virginia Creeper can be grown in sun or shade with low to regular water. It is hardy to USDA zone 4.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for availability and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

New Mexico Live Oaks - Discounted 15% through September

Remember the Tree of The Month, New Mexico Live Oaks are Discounted 15% through September.

To learn more about New Mexico Live Oaks and to see photos, View our New Mexico Live Oak Blog by clicking on the link below:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Golden Rain Tree

Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) is also known as the China tree or Varnish tree. It is native to Eastern Asia, China, and Korea. Golden Rain Tree is a smaller tree with a rounded canopy usually reaching 20’ – 25’ tall and wide in our climate.

Golden Rain Tree is normally grown as an ornamental valued for both its flowers and persistent seed pods. The flowers of Golden Rain Tree form in late spring into summer. Yellow flowers form on panicles (spikes),

that project up above and out of the canopy, hence the name “Golden Rain”.

Fruits are a three lobed pod-like structure that resemble tiny Japanese lanterns. Fruits are first green,

then mature to brown

and persist into winter providing structural interest. Mature fruits contain black seeds in each of its lobes.

Leaves are compound with leaflets.
Golden Rain Tree is best grown in full sun with low to regular water. Golden Rain Tree grows well in both sandy and clay soils and is hardy to USDA zone 5.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for availability and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weed Identification: Sand Bur

Sand Bur (Cenchrus longispinus) is native to North America. It has other names like sand spur,
long-spined sand bur, hedgehog grass, and bur grass. Sand Bur is an annual grass usually growing with a prostrate growth form. It is similar in appearance to other grasses prior to seed formation. Individual plants may be 3’ in diameter, sometimes larger.

Sand Bur is a common weed of sandy soils but also grows well elsewhere. Sand Bur will often root at stem nodes that are touching the ground. The root system of Sand Bur is shallow and fibrous making them easily pulled (when immature).

Sand Bur produces a flowering spike. As seeds begin to form Sand Bur is easily recognized by its numerous sharp or burred seeds or long spines.

As the burred seeds mature they are easily separated from the mother plant and their sharp spines stick to virtually anything. Sand Bur can disseminate its seeds long distances because its sharp spines will hitch a ride on skin, animal hides, shoes, and clothing.

Sand Bur can be removed without the need of chemicals. Simply pull up the young plants. It is essential to pull them when they first identified by their burred seed spikes. At this time the burred seeds are green and the spikes are softer and less likely to separate from the mother plant. Pull them at this time using gloves, a fork, or a shovel and you will be able to remove the plant along with all its seeds.

Removing plants in this manner a couple times per season for a couple seasons and you will be able to rid your yard of this prickly pest.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information. 

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall is Feeding Time for Plants!!

At the nursery we feed our plants twice annually using a combination of Earth Magic, Protein Crumblies, and TTP Supreme Compost Our fall feeding is done in September. We build soil and introduce beneficial soil microorganisms with Earth Magic while TTP Supreme Compost and Protein Crumblies are used to feed our plants and the soil.

At Trees That Please Nursery we use Soil Secrets Products exclusively to feed our plants, build our soil, and introduce beneficial soil microorganisms. We use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides on any of our plants.

Soil Secrets Products are Healthy Choices that make Healthy Plants which in turn result in Healthy People whether it is from consumption of Healthy Plants or the enjoyment of their beauty and shade to make our living spaces more comfortable.

Earth Magic (also known as TerraPro) is a unique concentrated humus product that contains a broad spectrum of beneficial mycorrhizae fungi and soil enzymes along with a high percentage of Humic Acids.

The objective of this product is to fortify the soil with the best humic acid product possible at the highest concentration possible because they are powerful biologics that can jump start the life of your soil. Humic Acids help soils retain water and plant essential mineral nutrients. Humic Acids can also help provide structure that is essential for drainage in heavy soils. Humic Acid effects on the soil are permanent as they are products of soil chemistry and not the decomposition of organic matter.

The science is clear that most plants and most landscapes including desert plants need a significant level of humic acids in the soil as it’s this substance that defines a top soil. Top soil is a horizon of soil that is rich in Humic Substances and according to research “Humic Acids are essential for a healthy and productive soil” – Journal of Chemical Education, December 2001, Soils Sustain Life!  

In addition, Earth Magic has a full blend of both Endo type and Ecto type mycorrhizal spores. Mycorrhizae are beneficial soil fungi that form associations with plant roots. They become extensions of those roots and help plants explore soil for water and nutrients. Mycorrhizae help your landscape plants endure the stresses of the environment such as heat, drought, dehydration, and poor soils and they are also critical and essential for the long term soil building process to occur.

Protein Crumblies is nature’s best source of nutritional calories for feeding the soil.  Protein Crumblies is derived from selected vegetable proteins. 

This product has been selected for the best ratios of amino acids that can provide the highest protein efficiency value possible. Beneficial Soil Microorganisms are part of the ‘Soil Food Web’ and Protein Crumblies can provide these microorganisms a high quality protein with the highest percent nitrogen per unit of protein. This product has a crude protein content providing a source of slow release organic nitrogen. Protein Crumblies can be used as a source of slow release nitrogen for plants.

Use TTP Supreme Compost at label rate to provide a slow release source of plant essential mineral nutrients. Compost is organic matter that is almost gone, reduced to the point that it’s rich in mineral nutrients because of concentration that occurred during the composting process. Compost has little or no recognizable plant material left in it.

In essence, compost is organic fertilizer. Compost needs to be treated as a fertilizer and applied lightly to the soil surface or tilled in. DO NOT MULCH WITH COMPOST. If compost is applied inches thick it can potentially burn your plants, they will die, and your soil may become “toxic” for sometime.

Trees That Please Nursery has Earth Magic, Protein Crumblies, and TTP Supreme Compost
available in several container sizes to fit your landscape needs. Use Earth Magic, Protein Crumblies, and  TTP Supreme Compost together to feed your plants and restore your soils health .

Earth Magic, Protein Crumblies, and TTP Supreme Compost are Products of:

Los Lunas, NM

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana) is native to South America and grows as a tall bunch or clump grass. Clumps can reach 6’- 8’ tall and wide.

The leaves are long and slender reaching lengths of 3’- 6’. Leaves are green with sharp edges and can sometimes cause paper-cut like injuries.

Pampas Grass produces tall feathery flowers in dense plumes. Plumes may be 12” – 24” tall and up to 6” wide. Varieties are available with flowers that are white, cream,

silvery and even pink in color.

Pampas Grass is usually grown as an ornamental due to its large size and spectacular flower plumes. Plumes may last months on the plant. Plumes are also used in dried flower arrangements and are sometimes painted for a showier effect.

Pampas grass grows well in both sandy and clay type soils. It is drought and pest-resistant. It grows quickly with regular water so can be used as a specimen plant or to create a wind break, privacy screen, or visual barrier. Pampas Grass is also used in the landscape to attractive wildlife.

Pampas Grass requires some late winter maintenance to shape its form and renew its color at spring leaf out. Before spring growth begins the old dead brown growth is pruned away or sometimes burned. This allows the foliage to be totally green when growth resumes. Burning away last season’s growth may damage the plant, causing peripheral regrowth on the edges.

Pampas Grass is best grown is full sun with low to regular water. It is hardy to USDA zone 6.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for availability and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weed Identification: Goatheads or Stickers

Goatheads (Tribulus terrestris) are native to Southern Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Goatheads are also called stickers, sticker weed, bullhead, devil’s weed, and puncturevine. Goatheads are easily recognized by their prostrate growth form,

leaves with leaflets,

yellow flowers,

and stickers (Goatheads).

If you miss’em visually then they will stab you painfully in the fingers as you work your garden, or stick to your clothing and shoes. Goatheads are the primary reason local bicyclists must get “thorn proof” tires for riding on area trails and streets.

Goatheads have prostrate stems that radiate outward from one central point. Leaves are compound with smaller leaflets. Lemon yellow flowers form along the stems and fertilized flowers form fruits.  Fruits consist of several attached structures called nutlets (Goatheads).

Each nutlet is a single seed that becomes hard or woody when mature. Each seed has two sharp spines that easily penetrate skin, clothing, and soles of shoes. This attachment mechanism allows puncturevine seed to be spread great distances from the mother plant.

Goatheads have a short tap root located below the center of growth,
so digging it out is very easy but best to wear gloves seed bearing specimens. This method uses no chemicals and if done before seeds are present or while seeds are still green, virtually assures that you’ll remove all the Goatheads associated with that plant.

In sandy or moist soils simply grasp the puncturevine from its center point of attachment and pull.
In harder soils, use a shovel to go under the plant and cut the puncturevine off from its root. Then use the shovel to carry it (and all its stickers) and dump it in the trash or other container.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information. 

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii) is common across the Southwestern United States and into Mexico. At the base of the nearby west-facing foothills of the Sandia and Manzano mountains of central New Mexico it can be found growing in association with Gray Oak, Turbinella Oak, Pinon Pine, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Mahonia, Tree Cholla, and Bear Grass. Engelmann’s Prickly Pear is also commonly called Texas Prickly Pear, Desert Prickly Pear, Prickly Pear, and Nopal.

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear forms clumps 3’ to 4’ tall and wide or larger. Engelmann’s Prickly Pear does not form stalks, like yuccas, but adds new prickly pear pads annually to existing pads.
Pads are normally a pale green color and can have a diameter of up to 12”.
Engelmann’s Prickly Pear has long white or yellow spines and clusters of smaller hair-like spines called glochids. Each cluster contains numerous glochids that easily come off into the unprotected skin and causes irritation. Glochids may be difficult to see but you can definitely feel their presence. They can be easily removed with tweezers.

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear produces yellow flowers in spring or early summer.

Red-purple fruits called tunas form by summer.

Tunas of Engelmann’s Prickly Pear are edible after removing any surface spines or glochids. This is easily done by burning them off over a fire. Fruits are also used to make jelly, cactus candy, and syrup.

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear is a low maintenance, colorful addition to any hot, dry, landscape. It needs only occasional watering during summer. It is also useful as a defensive perimeter anywhere you want to discourage movement, under windows, walkways, or walls. Eventually your prickly pear may need reduction in size. This is easily done using Barbeque (BBQ) Tongs and Pruning shears. Hold the pad with BBQ tongs and cut pads at the point of connection to another pad.

Over winter Prickly Pear pads droop. Winter droop (wilt) is normal and does not indicate any growth problems. As the warmth of spring returns and water movement within the plant resumes your prickly pear will again perk up.

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear is best grown in full sun, with low water, and is hardy to USDA zone 6.

Stop by Trees That Please Nursery for more information and availability.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist