Buchanan’s Native Plants provides the best organic and natural plant care products available. When we can, we like to offer products made right here in Texas. We believe in the basic principle of organic gardening: “Keep your soil happy.” Our products work to help you have healthier, stronger plants with organically enriched, well-draining “happy” soil.
Here are some of the products you might find helpful now:
Fall Garden Tools
The right tools for the job.
Fall brings on a season of leaves, leaves and more leaves. Let us make it easier on you with the arrival of some of our new garden tools. Our KwicKan for an instant trash can to help with piling leaves, a new retractable rake – for easy storage, Houston approved trash bags, bulb planters and a kneeling pad.
A green lawn for fall.
It’s Rye Grass season! If you want a green lawn but your perennial grass hasn’t filled in before going dormant, over seed with annual Rye to fill in patchy areas. We have two varieties of Rye; regular rye and a hybrid that is stronger and stays shorter. Rye seed should be applied at a rate of 10lb per 1000 Sq Ft. Remember, DO NOT put down a pre-emergent after broadcasting seed. Wait until seeds have sprouted.
A guide for fall.
Its lawn care season! Whether you want to go organic or following Randy Lemmon’s schedule using Nitro Phos, it is time to prep the lawn for the cooler temperatures. This includes broadcast insecticides and pre-emergent herbicides, Fungicides if needed, and most importantly winterizer fertilizer. Just remember, DO NOT feed a lawn that has a fungus. Treat first and apply feed later.
Check out our plant care fall favorite five.
Now that summer is here we are experiencing a lot of insect damage. If you are noticing a speckled, pale leaves on your Lantana or Azaleas you might have Lace Bug! Luckily Captain Jack Dead Bug can solve your issues. This product is not only good for Lace Bug, but for Leaf Miners on fruit trees or Sod Webworms in the lawn.
Mealybugs are soft-bodied, wingless insects that often seen in groups on the leaves, stems, and fruit of plants. They feed by inserting long sucking mouthparts, called stylets, into plants and drawing sap out of the tissue. Damage consists of leaf yellowing and curling as the plant weakens. Using Neem or Horticultural Oil will smother the mealybugs on contact!
Randy Lemmon Feeding Schedule
Now that summer is here, those of you following Randy Lemmon’s Lawn Fertilization schedule, it is time for your summer feeding. Randy recommends using the Nitro Phos Super Turf 19-4-10 in late June, early July. The Nitro Phos Sweet Green can be put down as an organic alternative.
Organic sod webworm control
Last year we had an awful experience with Sod Webworms destroying lawns. This year we have started to see the little white/beige moths flying around again. If you have started to see them too, it would be a good idea to be proactive and spray Monterey B.t. -this is an organic biological insecticide on your lawn to protect it.
Organic leaf miner control
All citrus owners are bound to run into a Leaf Miner problem. Leaf Miners will typically attack the new growth on Citrus and fruit trees, causing them to curl up and have a weird trail left on the leaf (see picture for example). Though the leaf miners will not hurt the fruit on the tree, it can inhibit the growth for the season. Using Captain Jacks Dead Bug you can kill the leaf miners on your tree organically.
Is your Bottle Brush dying back?
If you are experiencing branches of your Bottle Brush dying back quickly; turning a golden color with curling, dry leaves that don’t fall off the branch usually within a couple days; you may have a phytophthora fungus issue. Phytophthora is a soil born fungus that rots the root system of a plant, typically effecting shrubs. To treat this you will want to do a soil drench with Agri-Fos Systemic Fungicide.
New! Tumbling Composters
Making your own compost has never been easier! Both of these composters have a horizontal design which takes less effort to tumble the compost. Another great feature that these composters have is dual composting bins. This allows you to let one side decompose while you start a second pile on the other side.
The amazing recipe you all know and love, designed by John Ferguson from Nature’s Way is brewing and will be available over the weekends. We would also like to introduce our new Compost Tea Brew Kits designed by Buchanan’s so you can create the same tea at the comfort of your home. It comes with everything you need, minus the water!
Compost Tea improves:
- Nutrient retention in soil
- Nutrient availability to your plants
- Defense against insects and disease
- Soil quality and consistency
- …And more!
Spring has finally hit, now that your grass is actively growing give it the food it needs to thrive. We recommend using an organic fertilizer such as MicroLife Multipurpose, shown above, or any one of our organic options.
As temperatures rise, the mosquitoes return! Fight back with any of our organic repellents. We have everything from personal repelling sprays, to patio setting repellents or high coverage repellents. Keep mosquitos at bay without harming any beneficial insects!