Schedule of Cultural Practices for Landscape Horticulture

SCHEDULE OF CULTURAL PRACTICES FOR LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURE

 

 

Bakersfield Area

 

 

 

MONTH

 

CULTURAL PRACTICES

 

POTENTIAL PEST PROBLEMS
January

Prune fruit and shade trees, prune roses

Plant bareroot roses

Continue with little or no irrigation for turfgrass

Clean-up garden

Apply pre-emergent herbicides for crabgrass control

Dormant oil for fruit and shade tree insects if necessary

Dormant disease control for fruit trees if necessary

February

Plant bareroot trees, roses

Plant spring flowers and late spring-flowering bulbs

Fertilize cool season grasses

Plant vegetables

Turn compost

Snails and slugs
March

Fertilize warm season turf such as bermudagrass

Fertilize trees & shrubs

Fertilize deciduous fruit trees

Plant tomatoes

Look at wildflowers

Adjust irrigation controllers for spring weather

Codling Moth

Bentley Ash Moth

Fireblight of pears and apples

April

Plant late spring flowers

Finish tomato planting

Renovate cool season grasses

Broadleaf weed control in turf

Ash Anthracnose

Fireblight

Mildew

May

Plant warm season grasses from seed

Renovate warm season grasses

Crawler stage of scale insects
June

Summer flower planting: zinnias, portulaca, vinca

Increase irrigation for summer

Tomato hornworms

Root rot favored by excessive water

Begin solarization

July

Fertilize at full rate for warm season grasses

Half rate or no fertilizer for cool season grasses

Sufficient irrigation to forestall borers of fruit trees

Spider mites - wash plants with water

Green fruit beetle - no treatment

Russet mites on tomatoes - sulfur dust

Remove spotted wilt affected tomato plants

August

Plant cool season vegetables

Lightly prune roses for fall flowers

 
September

Bermudagrass renovation

Plant mums

Plant fall flowers

Plant fall vegetables

Reduce irrigation

 
October

Cool season turfgrass renovation

Plant cool season grasses from seed

Overseeding of warm season turfgrass

Plant spring-flowering bulbs (e.g. daffodil)

Treat for spring dead spot of bermudagrass if necessary
November Clean-up garden  
December

Move houseplants to higher light intensity

Reduce or turn off irrigation for winter

Prune fruit and shade trees

Fertilize cool season turfgrasses

Dormant spray if necessary

Mistletoe control in shade trees

Treat overseeded ryegrass for pink snow mold if necessary