The L&M Staff has over 100 years of combined experience advising growers on the best methods. Our large customer base enjoys sharing information. We take this information and try it in our own farms and gardens. We not only sell products, we give away a lot of information! Below is just a taste of L&M wisdom. Feel free to come in any time and ask for help or share a bit of your wisdom. We can develop better ways to Farm and Garden together!
Try to water at night. Not only will you have less evaporation, but most areas have little to no wind at night allowing more water to get to your roots. Also you will notice most areas have better pressure at night.
Apply Liquid Fertilizers in the last 1/3 of the last half of your irrigation cycle to help get the fertilizer to the roots (IE: If its 12 hour irrigation, apply the fertilizer
2 hours before the water turns off.).
If you get one Glassy Winged Sharp Shooter in a Sticky Trap you probably have hundreds in the surrounding area. Unlike other insects,GWSS are not attracted to Yellow traps. They are strong fliers, if they get stuck in a trap, it was by accident and a bunch of them have not found the trap. We have done a great job in knocking down the populations in the Temecula area, but remember it only takes one to kill a vine. Keep a control program in place until we find a cure for Pierces Disease or eradicate sharp shooters. Neither one of these goals will be easy to accomplish.
That brown spot in your lawn may not be from the neighbors dog. Fungus is a constant problem when the weather is warm and the lawn is stressed. Before you start treating for a fungus, rule out lack of water. One way we like to test for a lack of water is to place two short cans (Tuna or Cat food) on your lawn. Place one on the brown spot; place the other on a green spot. Let your clock irrigate at the normal time. If the can in the brown spot has less water in it than the green spot you may have a water problem.
Try to trap or poison Rats and Squirrels in the early spring. Most rodents in Southern California have their offspring after the rainy season. If you control them early, you’ll have less to control. Also, if you do not see any squirrels on a hot summer day, that does not mean you got ‘em all. Squirrels in Southern California “Estivate”; it is a type of summer hibernation. The squirrels just kick back in their burros until it gets cool.
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