2017 maintenance guidelines

+January 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • It's a great time to make sure all lawn equipment and gardening tools are sharpened and in good condition as spring is around the corner.
  • Replace worn or broken parts on your irrigation system.
  • Plant your container and B & B trees.
  • Pre-emerge with Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper (a summer annual herbicide), ferti-lome For All Seasons II, EC Grow (orzalyn), or Ferti-lome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery to turf areas through mid-March to prevent summer weeds such as crabgrass from germinating.
  • Post-emerge to help control winterweeds. Apply High-Yield Hi-Yield Killzall as well as ferti-lome Weed Free Zone on dormant Bermuda when temperatures are above 50 degrees fahrenheit.
  • When Oklahoma temps are over 40 degrees, apply our Hi-Yield Dormant Oil Spray to your deciduous trees and shrubs to control overwintering insects. NEVER use dormant oil sprays on evergreen trees or shrubs.
  • November through February are the recommended months to apply
  • ferti-lome Systemic Drench to your young pines for tip borers.
  • Check protected beds, raised planters, as well as under eaves for moisture levels.
  • Watering your lawn, trees, and shrubs is recommended anytime precipitation has been minimal especially for your broadleaf and narrowleaf evergreens.
  • Quick Tip: Average rainfall in January for Oklahoma is 1.28 inches
  • Quick Tip: Applying one to two inches of Marcum's Cedar Mulch will insulate and hold moisture for all trees and shrubs.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding January maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+February 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance guidelines.

  • Apply Image Herbicide Consumer Concentrate to eliminate Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua), common chickweed, henbit, dollarweed, and wild onion and wild garlic.
  • Annually apply ferti-lome Fruit Tree Fertilizer to fruit and nut trees and apply Marcum's Fertilizer 18-6-12 to all trees and shrubs.
  • November through February are the recommended months to apply ferti-lome Systemic Drench to your young pines for tip borers.
  • When Oklahoma temps are over 40 degrees, apply our ferti-lome Dormant Oil Spray to your deciduous trees and shrubs to control overwintering insects. NEVER use dormant oil sprays on evergreen trees or shrubs.
  • Pre-emerge with EC Grow, Barricade or Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper (a summer annual herbicide) to turf areas through mid-March to prevent summer weeds such as crabgrass from germinating.
  • Post-emerge to control those winter weeds. Apply Hi-Yield Kill-Zall Weed & Grass Killer as well as ferti-lome Weed Free Zone on dormant Bermuda when temperatures are above 50 degrees.
  • Plant your container and B&B trees.
  • Prune shade trees, summer flowering shrubs, and hedges.
  • Plant your vegetable garden with potatoes, onion, radishes, broccoli, etc., using an organic product such as our own Redbud Compost to rejuvenate your soil. For clay soils, use gypsum to loosen soil and add calcium to keep down blossom end rot in your tomatoes.
  • Apply Captan to peach and nectarine trees to prevent peach leaf curl before bud swell.
  • At the end of the month, start your garden seeds in a controlled environment to ensure readiness by the first week of April.
  • Quick Tip: For best fertilizer application results, we recommend soil testing through the OSU Tech Center at NW 10th and Portland in OKC.
  • Quick Tip: Spring blooming shrubs such as Forsythia may be pruned immediately after flowering.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding February maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+March 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Apply ferti-lome's Fire Blight Spray to help control and prevent blight on crabapple, apple, ornamental, and fruit bearing pear trees when they begin to bloom. This is the only opportunity to apply this prevention.
  • Apply twice shredded Marcum's Cedar Mulch to control weeds in beds.
  • Plant your container and Ball & Burlap (B & B) trees.
  • Plant onions and potatoes.
  • Get garden and flower beds ready by rototilling Red Bud Compost in garden and ready to plant flower beds.
  • Pre-emerge with EC Grow, ferti-lome For All Seasons II or Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper (a summer annual herbicide) to turf areas through mid-March to prevent summer weeds such as crabgrass from germinating.
  • The month of March marks the first of four applications to fertilize your cool-season lawns (Fescue, and Rye Grass) with Marcum's 18-6-12 or Milorganite. Other months for application include: May, October, and November.
  • Apply ferti-lome Weed Free Zone, a post-emergent broad leaf herbicide, to cool and warm-season lawns to control broad leaf weeds.
  • In mid-March seed cool-season turf grass.
  • Mow cool- season grasses at 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches high.
  • Apply FreezePruf to protect your small plants when temps are above 50degrees to add to your plant's ability to better tolerate the cold.
  • ferti-lome Dormant Oil Spray may still be applied to all deciduous shrubs and trees to control mites, galls, overwintering aphids, etc.
  • Prune roses just before growth starts and use ferti-lome Rose and Flower Food with Systemic Insecticide as the foliage appears. Use the ferti-lome insecticide every six weeks.
  • In late March, dethatch warm season lawns (Bermuda and Zoysia).

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding March maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+April 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Plant your container and Ball & Burlap (B & B) trees.
  • Plant your shrubs and perennials.
  • In mid-April, after danger of frost, plant bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, summer flowering bulbs, and annual seeds.
  • Let spring flowering bulb (daffodil, tulip, etc.) foliage remain as long as possible before removing it.
  • Add organic Redbud Compost to revitalize your soil nutrients while planting new plants.
  • If you haven’t already, fertilize with Marcum’s 18-6-12, or one of our ferti-lome fertilizer mixes.
  • Apply ferti-lome Systemic Insecticide Drench to trees and shrubs to keep insects away.
  • Roses: Apply ferti-lome Rose & Flower Food with Systemic Insecticide once a month through our growing seasons.
  • Apply ferti-lome's Systemic Fungicide to prevent mildew and leaf spot diseases for roses, photinias, etc.
  • Don’t prune spring flowering bushes until all blooming is complete.
  • Over seed for fescue lawns. Ask a Marcum expert for more details.
  • Fertilize warm-season grasses three to five times per season using one of Marcum's (31-0-0, 28-6-12, or 18-6-12) special blends. We will help you select the best blend that suits your needs.
  • Begin mowing warm-season lawns. Cutting height for bermuda and zoysia should be 1 - 1 1/2 inches high.
  • Spray bermuda, fescue and zoysia with ferti-lome Weed Out when ground temps are warmer and above 75-80 degrees.
  • Use ferti-lome Weed Free Zone when temps are still under 85 degrees. Weed Free Zone kills over 80 different hard to kill weeds, even poison ivy! Great to use on Henbit and other broad leaf weeds.
  • Treat cedar-apple rust with fungicide as soon as the orange jelly galls are visible on junipers.
  • Remove any winter-damaged branches or plants that have not begun to grow by late-April.
  • Clean out water garden and prepare for season. Divide and re-pot water garden plants.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding April maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+May 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Plant your Ball & Burlap (B & B) trees.
  • Great time for new planting of shrubs and perennials.
  • Don't forget to use Marcum's Redbud Compost with root stimulator for best results.
  • Mulch with our Twice Ground Marcum's Cedar Mulch to aid your plants in moisture control as summer is quickly approaching. Using our special blend mulch adds a finished look to your landscaping.
  • Apply Hi-Yield's Grub Free Zone II to control mole crickets.
  • Set out your annual bedding plants for summer color.
  • In mid-May, treat for pine needle diseases with copper fungicide.
  • Clean dead needles away from under trees.
  • Seed warm-season grasses (Bermuda and Zoysia) in mid-May through the end of June.
  • Fertilize cool-season lawns with Marcum's 18-6-12 fertilizer if you did NOT fertilize in March and April.
  • Fertilize warm-season lawns with B. R.'s lawn tonic (28-6-12) or Nitro Green (31-0-0) in May.
  • Dollar spot disease can first become visible on lawns in mid-May. Apply ferti-lome Liquid Systemic Fungicide or ferti-lome F-Stop. Make certain fertilizer applications have been adequate before ever applying a fungicide.
  • Nut sedge plants become visible during May. Post-emergent treatments (Sedgehammer) are best applied for the first time this month. Make certain warm-season grasses have completed green-up.
  • The second application of pre-emergent, Hi-Yield Ornamental Weed Preventer with Dimension or orzulyn herbicides, can be applied in May to early-June depending upon timing of first application. Check label for details.
  • Soak new transplants and newly planted trees unless rainfall is abundant. See Marcum’s Nursery watering guidelines for details.
  • Insect Alert
  • Apply ferti-lome Bagworm and Borer Spray, Thuricide or Hi-Yield Malathion for the following: Bagworms on juniper and arborvitae (Late-May) - Elm leaf beetles and larvae on elms and zelkova (Late-May) - Mimosa webworms on mimosa and honeylocust.
  • Apply Hi-Yield 38 Plus or Hi-Yield Malathion for lace bugs on sycamore, pyracantha, and azaleas.
    Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding May maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+June 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Plant your container and B&B trees.
  • Remove all dead branches on established trees.
  • Remain alert for insect damage and add spider mites to the list. Foliage may become pale and speckled; juniper foliage turns a pale yellowish color. Shake a branch over white paper and watch for tiny specks that crawl.
  • Look carefully for bagworms. These are tiny brown bags barely visible to the eye. If found, easier to treat at this stage than later. Apply Hi-Yield 55% Malathion or Thuricide.
  • Pine needle disease treatments are needed again in mid-June. Apply Copper Fungicide.
  • Cultivate and mulch using Marcum's Double Ground Cedar Mulch this reduces about 70percent of the summer yard maintenance.
  • Fertilize warm season grasses using Marcum's Slow Release 18-6-12 Fertilizer as per April instructions.
  • Brown patch disease and Dollar spot disease can first become visible on lawns in mid-May. Whendetected, apply ferti-lome's Liquid Systemic Fungicide II or ferti-lome F-STOP for optimum disease control.
  • Seeding of warm-season grasses should be completed by the end of June to reduce winter kill losses.
  • Meet water requirements of turf.
  • Post-emergent control of crabgrass and summer annual grasses is best performed on young plants using ferti-lome's Weed Out with Q. This new product kills Crabgrass, Dandelion, Clover, plus 200 other listed weeds.
  • Apply SEDGEHAMMER Turf Herbicide to eliminate yellow and purple nutsedge.
  • See Marcum's watering guidelines for new and established trees.
  • For preventative white gub treatments, apply Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone II in late June to mid-July.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding June maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+July 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Apply Marcum's Slow Release 18-6-12 fertilizer to warm-season grasses if water is present for growth.
  • Divide and replant crowded hybrid iris (bearded iris) after flowering until August.
  • Don't forget to mulch. We have many choices of premium mulches to choose from.
  • Apply preventative white grub Hi-Yield Grub Control treatments from late June to mid-July.
  • Expect some leaf fall, a normal reaction to drought.
  • See Marcum's Nursery watering guidelines for plantings, trees, and shrubs.
  • Revitalize your trees and shrubs with ferti-lome's Organic Fish Emulsion.
  • Mowing heights for cool-season turf grasses should be 3" during hot, dry summer months. Gradually raise mowing height of bermudagrass lawns from 1 1/2 to 2 inches.
  • Apply ferti-lome's Liquid Systemic Fungicide II or ferti-lome F-STOP (attacks disease from the inside out by hindering cell wall growth in harmful pathogens. Unlike some other locally systemic products, it protects new foliage by translocating to new growth) to Brown patch and Dollar spot disease if detected for optimum disease control.
  • Meet water requirements of turf.
  • Look for bagworms. If found, easier to treat at this stage than later. Apply Hi-Yield 55% Malathion or Thuricide.
  • The hotter and drier it gets, the larger the spider mite populations become! Spray plant foliage with Hi-Yield 55% Malathion SPRAY or Natural Guard Insecticidal Soap.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding July maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+August 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Use Marcum's 18-6-12 Fertilizer on Bermuda and Zoysia grass
  • Prune evergreens. (Holly and boxwood shrubs)
  • For stressed out trees and shrubs, use Marcum's Root Stimulator and ferti-lome Fish Emulsion Fertilizer.
  • Tent caterpillars, and bag worms: Apply Hi-Yield 55% Malathion Insect Spray.
  • The hotter and drier it gets, the larger the spider
  • mite populations become! Spray plant foliage with Hi-Yield 55% Malathion SPRAY or Natural Guard Insecticidal Soap.
  • Aphids on your Crape Myrtle trees? If you notice a sticky substance on leaves, apply
  • Hi-Yield 55% Malathion Insect Spray.
  • Apply Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone II to prevent grubs and to control the mole and vole population.
  • Expect some leaf fall, a normal reaction to drought.
  • Water young plantings well. See Marcum's Nursery watering guidelines for details.
  • Mowing heights for cool-season turf grasses should be 3" during hot, dry summer months. Gradually raise mowing height of Bermuda grass lawns from 1 1/2 to 2 inches.
  • Apply Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper Containing Dimension or EC Grow or ferti-lome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food to prevent poanna.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding August maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+September 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance quidelines.

  • Get ready for mums, pansies, and kale fall plantings.
  • Plant your container and evergreen trees.
  • Select your deciduous B & B (Ball and Burlap) trees for fall/winter planting.
  • Last nitrogen fertilizer application of the year on warm-season grasses should be applied no later than September 15.
  • Apply ferti-lome F-STOP for brown patch disease for fescue grass.
  • Apply Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone II to keep mole crickets and white grubs away all season long.
  • Pre-emerge using Orzalyn (Surflan), ferti-lome For All Seasons II Lawn Food Plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer containing prodiamine (Barricade) or Hi-Yield Turf and Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper to keep annual Blue grass from emerging plus other winter weeds. Apply by the second week of September. NOTE: Do NOT treat areas that will be seeded in the fall for fescue lawns.
  • Seed bluegrass, fescue, or ryegrass as needed in shady areas in late-September through mid-October.
  • See Marcum's watering guidelines for plants, trees, and shrubs.
  • Spring bulbs (tulips, daffadils, hyacinth, etc.) arrive in mid-September.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding September maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+October 2017 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance guidelines.

  • Pre-emerge with Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper containing dimension or
  • ferti-lome's For All Seasons II.
  • Illuminate and enhance your home's landscaping with commercial outdoor lighting. Consult one of our lighting experts for more details.
  • Apply ferti-lome's Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Drench.
  • Plant container-grown trees anytime this month.
  • Plant ball & burlap (B & B) trees when they begin to go dormant.
  • Plant shrubs to help root establishment prior to winter.
  • Choose from our many varieties of flowering bulbs and store in a cool or refrigerated place for November and December planting.
  • Plant pansies, kale, and cabbage. Don't forget to use Blood Meal.
  • Dig and store tender bulbs and tubers in a cool dry place.
  • Container-grown shade trees and pines are most successfully planted in the fall.
  • In mid-month, fertilize cool season lawns.
  • Seed fescue, or rye grass as needed in shady areas through mid-October.
  • Over-seeding of warm-season lawns with cool-season grasses for winter should be performed late this month. Warm-season lawns are healthiest if winter over-seeding is not performed.
  • Continue mowing cool-season grasses or mow with mulching mower.
  • October is an excellent time to control broadleaf weeds in well established warm or cool-season lawns with ferti-lome Weed Free Zone. NOTE: Don't apply to seedling fescue.
  • Mow and edge neatly before frost.
  • Clean up marginal water garden plants after first frost kills the tops.
  • Place a net over the water garden to prevent leaves from falling in the water.
  • Remove diseased plant material from the landscape to reduce disease problems next year.
  • Select and customize your Christmas and event lighting with our commercial grade LED lights. Great selections available at both store locations.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding October maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+November 2016 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance guidelines.

  • Continue reseeding fescue.
  • In the first week, fertilize cool season grasses again using Marcum's Fertilizer 18-6-12 or Dr. Earth food for grass.
  • Apply ferti-lome Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food to fruit and nut trees.
  • Apply ferti-lome Tree & Shrub Food or Marcum's 18-6-12 Fertilizer
  • to trees and shrub in lawn and bed areas.
  • Plant container trees and your Ball & Burlap (B & B) trees when they go dormant.
  • Continue to plant pansies, kale, and cabbage.
  • Purchase spring flowering bulbs and refrigerate or keep cool in dry spot (garage) until mid-November through December for planting when ground temps are 50 degrees or below.
  • Continue mowing cool-season lawns on a regular basis.
  • Remove leaves from cool-season grasses or mow with a mulching mower.
  • Continue to control broadleaf weeds in well established warm or cool-season lawns using post-emergent ferti-lome Weed Free Zone.
  • Test soil to correct nutrient deficiencies before winter. Soil testing may be done through the Oklahoma State Co-op Extension located at 2500 N.E. 63rd street in OKC. A routine soil test costs $10.00. Bring at least two cups of soil to be tested. Phone: 405-713-1125.
  • Dispose of pine cones of pines infested with Diplodia and Dothistroma. Prune out dead tips.
    • Compost annual debris and leaves but do not compost diseased plant parts.
  • November 15 to March 15 is the best time to prune most trees and shrubs.
  • Prepare the landscape for winter by mulching with Marcum's Twice Ground Cedar Mulch and Marcum's Grade A Cedar.
  • Scale insects can be controlled with Hi-Yield Dormant Spray. Apply when the temperature is above 40 degrees F in late fall and winter. Do not use "dormant" oils on evergreens.
  • Drain gasoline from power equipment or use fuel stabilizer before winter storage.
  • Drain and store water hoses and wrap hydrants. Clean up all tools. Coat metal surfaces with a thin film of oil to prevent rust.
  • Remove diseased plant material from the landscape to reduce disease problems next year.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions pertaining to November maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.

+December 2016 Maintenance Guidelines

After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance guidelines.

  • Plant your container and Ball & Burlap (B & B) trees.
  • Keep pansies moist especially when air is cold and dry.
  • Mulch all beds including those around trees to help with moisture. Mulch keeps the areas from freezing as deep.
  • Continue mowing cool-season lawns on a regular basis.
  • Remove leaves from cool-season grasses or mow with a mulching mower.
  • Start planting spring flowering bulbs. See planting guidelines for details.
  • Continue to control broadleaf weeds in well established warm or cool-season lawns with ferti-lome Weed Free Zone post emergent broadleaf weed killer.
  • If soil is dry, irrigate all plantings,especially broadleaf evergreens, at least 24 hours before hard-freezing weather.
  • Review the year's schedule and make plans for next year's improvements.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines. Recommended products suggested by Marcum's may be purchased at both store locations. For questions regarding December maintenance guidelines, please call 288-2368 or 691-9100.