The Age-Old Question

The Age-Old Question If you know what this photograph represents, then you also know the question I’m talking about. This is a twig from a mesquite tree, plucked this morning, March 12, 2017. The oldsters said that when the mesquite trees leaf out, that means we are done with killing frosts for this season. (I know of at least one … Read More

“. . . and Now I Are One!”

When we were small children, back in the 1950’s, our father had an old poster in the back of the nursery (when it was located at 1525 Beverly Drive) depicting four backwoodsmen in dirty overalls with raggedy beards and no teeth. The caption read:  Six Munces Ago I Couldn’t Even Spell ‘Nurseryman’. . . and Now I Are One! I … Read More

Enjoy Your Garden & Landscape

This is a great time to make some plans so you can enjoy your garden and landscape more this year. Here are some suggestions: Resolve to get your lawn in better shape by applying fertilizers and weed preventers at the right time. If you have trouble remembering what to apply and when to do it, you can sign up for … Read More

Local Bees Not Endangered

Here’s a good example of how headlines don’t tell the entire story, and can in fact, give a totally wrong impression. Last week, headlines trumpeted: “Bees put on endangered species list.” That is all of the story that most people read. I have had customers tell me with horror in their voices, “Bees are endangered.” Well, not exactly. Here is … Read More

Fall Is For Planting and Applying Pre-Emergent. Come to Smith’s Today!

Fall Is For Planting-What To Do Now! The first cold front and rain of the fall season bring a relief from the summer heat. They also signal two things homeowners need to do: Get that fall application of pre-emergent weed preventer down. Even though the ground may be wet, water it in right away to start it doing its job. … Read More

So you want to have a nice lawn?

So you want to have a nice lawn, but you really don’t want to have to think about it very much. And you don’t want your lawn care expenses to get out of hand. You know there are things you need to do, but can’t ever remember exactly when to do them. Relax. Smith’s wants to make your life a … Read More

Moisture Stress Cuts Both Ways

If you are noticing plants that have brown, crispy leaf margins and even yellowing leaves, they are probably experiencing moisture stress.  That means not enough moisture is getting to the leaves from the root system.  This could be because the soil is dry.  Or it could be because the soil stayed too wet and caused some roots to rot so … Read More

Grasshopper Early Warning

Grasshoppers are some of the most destructive pests around.  In a bad year, they can strip every leaf from your vegetable garden, ornamental landscape, even commercial crops.  Full-grown grasshoppers are very hard to kill. BUT, early in the summer, while they are still small, they can be easily and safely controlled with NOLO bait.  NOLO is a naturally-occurring bacteria that … Read More

Here are the top 10 most common mistakes we see from beginner gardeners:

Not investing enough in their soil-Our desire for instant gratification means that we have a tendency to want to buy the bigger, more beautiful plant. People use up most of their gardening budget when buying the plants, then don’t want to spend even more money buying quality soil. Spend a little less money on plants and more money amending your … Read More