Planting Season is on. Soils have a net gain in heat until mid-November (ideal for root growth) and the days begin to cool (better for planting).
The autumnal thermal overturn does not occur here until mid-to-late November. At that point, the average air temperature dips below the average soil temperature and our soils begin to lose heat. Without snow, soils may eventually freeze and then, root expansion may briefly pause. Once the soils are covered with snow, they thaw again and root growth continues until leaves emerge in spring. Fall planted plants flush-out on OUR climatic schedule next spring, and with the additional root systems, they can display their full glorious natural color and form.
Sales END Saturday, October 23, 2021
they start 10/6 - or when I finish this e-mail...
20% OFF FALL COLORS
(AND SPRING BLOOMING)
SHRUBS and TREES
We have an enormous selection of dense and flowering woody plants that, if planted now, will generate wider root-systems and grow far more vigorously next summer.
30% off all trees & shrubs #2 or smaller.
30% OFF SUMMER COLORS
HARDY WILDFLOWERS 
AND OTHER PERENNIALS
Western native wildflowers, hardy grasses, woodland groundcovers, ferns and herbaceous perennials to spread and bloom next spring, summer and fall!
30% off woody perennials #2 or smaller.
30% OFF TABLE COLOR:
FOOD PRODUCING
TREES, SHRUBS, & VINES
Fruit Apple, Pear, Blueberry, Goji, Elderberry, Raspberry, Grape, Kiwifruit, Hop vine, Currants, Strawberry, Asparagus, Lovage, Rhubarb, Veggies and culinary herbs.
30% OFF LILAC, ROSES, OAKS, AND JUNIPERS.
GREAT TREES AND SHRUBS
PLUS A FEW MORE interesting and terrific native and adapted shrubs that thrive here but are seldom used... many are along the southern fence line. See the list at register.
30% OFF GRASSES
STATELY ACCENTS
FOR EVERY GARDEN LOCATION:
There are quite a few species of very hardy grasses for every garden location in all forms from low and spreading to tall and rigidly upright with colors from blue to bronze.
50% OFF ANNUAL
COLOR AND TENDER
PERENNIALS - NEWLY ARRIVED
We JUST brought in fresh hardy and tender color from two different growers this week and composted some of the older tired stock. They're much cheaper than cut flowers.
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FROST CLOTH
OR FLOATING ROW COVER
Available in 10'x12' sheets for $19.99 or by the yard from a 12' wide roll.
BROWN TREE TAPE
SPECIALLY MANUFACTURED
at our request, just for us, originally,
150' x 1" x 8mil. $4.99
DIG, DROP, DONE.
SO EASY. HARDY & RODENT-PROOF BULBS FOR TRUCKEE
Sooo Many! As with our flower and custom wildflower blends, we select every single variety of bulb for its hardiness and performance in our harsh mountain environment.
Buy 4, Get 1 Free
ALL COMPOSTS
AND OUTDOOR POTTING SOILS.
When planting ANYTHING in our dense mineral subsoil, ALWAYS add mature / finished composts like Gromulch or Amend, along with bioactive organic fertilizers.
10% OFF FERTILIZERS
OUR NATIVE SOILS LACK ORGANICS AND NITROGEN
G&B Lawn food is an easy way to add both. Essentially, pelletized organic chicken manure and feather meal, it is easy to spread everywhere you have plants that you wish would grow.
Malus Spring Snow
40% OFF any ONE plant.*..
...maybe that Tree or Shrub or Vine you've been thinking about since spring.
We have a terrific inventory to choose from with more still arriving.
*Outdoor Plant. Must show this Coupon for discount. Limit one per household, please. Exp. 10/23/21
We obviously need fuels reduction work throughout and all around our community. USFS has been doing some terrific projects in quite a few outlying and surrounding locations but we need a great deal IN town, on public (and many private) lands.
Many common plants naturally resist fire and can even slow its spread. In general, irrigated and well-maintained leafy plants absorb heat and then burn slowly. Avoid plants that accumulate dead branches and twigs or plants that produce oils, resins, waxes or terpenes. Replace bare spaces and weed patches near your home with ground covers, turf, perennial flower beds, vegetable gardens, fire resistant clump grasses, and mulches. Lawns and mowed meadows are examples of the most excellent defensible “Clean, Green and Lean” landscape spaces.
Mulches can help reduce erosion and dust, conserve moisture, improve air quality, improve the soil and the vigor of plants, and reduce weed growth. Mulch can be organic compost, bark chips, or shredded wood (the best for forest plant health); or it can be mineral gravel, rock, or decomposed granite. Avoid using a thick layer of pine needles unless it is thoroughly composted. Wood-chip mulch will be rapidly colonized by saprophytic fungi, especially if occasionally irrigated, and thoroughly after a winter and the abundant and ubiquitous fungal mycelium aids in effectively and substantially decreasing wood-chip combustibility.
Cutting-down dense stands of native aspen and willow ("asbestos-type trees") along the sides of roads does not make sense from any fire-protection perspective. (read more)
Over 37 years ago, Eric and Rob started gardening in Tahoe and Truckee and we began pestering long-time local gardeners (old-timers… kinda' like us, now) for their landscape secrets. Gardeners LOVE to share their experiences, their successes and their failures, and we learned so much from so many amazing old-timer gardeners. Some of our customers had been experimenting with plants in Truckee since the early 1900’s and they had a LOT of knowledge. In this retail nursery, we have the amazing and unique opportunity to experience gardening, vicariously, by way of THOUSANDS of gardener / clients / staff and their gardens for experimental results far, far beyond our own. We combine their endeavors with our own experiences framed by our botanical and horticultural degrees and continuing education to understand “why”. Our very curious and very enthusiastic staff of experienced and educated gardeners (mostly amazing strong women) are always listening and learning. We really feel so lucky and we are delighted to share everything we learn from and with all of our wonderful clients.
Eric grew-up at 4,000 ft on the west slope of the Sierras and Rob at 5,000 in the San Gabriels to the south.
It's been 46 years since Jeanette Harper bought the existing Villager Florist in Gateway and started adding a few bedding plants. From the stories Roxie Archie and Azad McIver used to tell us in their office of the Gateway Motel, where we'd have tea once a month (when we brought the rent check), the Villager Florist was one of the first businesses in the Gateway Center, our old home, (now TFH's "Old Gateway Center") that their brother Dick Joseph finished building in 1949.
Pruning: Once leaves begin to turn color in ernest, it's better to wait until spring. Fall pruning removes stored energy in the branches and leaves unsealed wounds (cuts) open until metabolism returns to the top in spring (imagine how you'd feel if you ripped a gash in your arm and had to wait until April before it started to heal). Late winter / early spring through late summer is the time to prune. 
Fertilizing: Encouraging growth on hardy trees and shrubs after mid-September can delay their preparations in fall and reduce fall color duration. Granular organic fertilizers that naturally release over time like G&B Lawn or Biosol are fine to use ANY time of year for long-term health and vigor. Applying a high nitrogen fertilizer to lawns in late October / early November can be the most important fertilization of the year. I like to apply Biosol in mid-November when snow, not rain, is likely and the large granules of Biosol will remain intact to slowly break-down and repel rodents in the meantime. Bring-in your Biosol bucket for a refill at 10% off through 10/23.
Irrigation: As Earth tilts away from the sun and days shorten toward fall, irrigation should be reduced in frequency and duration. Fall color is influenced by genetics, day-length, temperature, and soil moisture. We have no control over the first 3 but if we let our gardens dry, just a little, between waterings in early fall, we can help create a long season of autumn brilliance. Don't let plants completely dry out, especially newly planted additions. Water is needed by roots to keep growing in fall and winter. ALWAYS mulch all around plants (atop the soil, outside the rootball) with shredded wood-chips or bark, 3-4+" deep, at least 3x as wide as the shrub or tree to conserve moisture and protect the expanding shallow roots in fall and winter.
Villager Nursery is open yearly from early spring, as appropriate and weather dependent, until just before Christmas (we offer Christmas trees, wreaths, etc). We know that Fall planting gives you the greatest return on your investment so we remain well stocked through October when, though it is still great to plant in November, we start transitioning the nursery to winter readiness.
10678 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, California 96161
(530) 587-0771
Open 7 days a week. Mon-Sat 9:30-5 and Sun-10-3
After 10/23:
Open Mon-Sat 10-5 and Closed Sundays until December.
info@villagernursery.com