Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
There are a lot of questions when it comes to your plants and how to care for them, so here are a few of the more commom ones we are asked. If you dont see your question here, feel free to contact us via phone or contact form on our CONTACT US page.
What time of year to fertilize plants, trees, palms?
Using a slow release fertilizer;
Fall (Late September - October)
Spring (March - April)
Summer (June) use a small dose, not full strength
Why do citrus leaves curl?
Possible thrip, mites, lead miners. They suck on the new growth causing the leaves to disfigure. Have a spray on a regular basis to kill and keep the bugs off. At least every 2-4 weeks during the spring and summer months. Using Neem Oil (organic) or Malathion.
What is the white stuff that gets on cholla cacti and purple prickly pear cacti?
Cochineal scal (maely Bugs). Spray off as much as possible with water, use Neem oil, or malation chemical for control
What's a good organiz fertilizer to use?
Hickman's chicken manure (pelletized form) or Fish Emulsion (liquid concentrate)
What is the best time of year to plant citrus trees?
Spring (March - April), Fall (October)
Should I fertilize cactus?
Yes, at least a few times a year. Using either cactus juice or an all-purpose fertilizer. Just use it in small amounts
Can I plant year round?
Yes you can, it just depends on the season for some varieties of plants.
Does Jackrabbit Nursery offer design and installation?
At Jackrabbit Nursery we strive to provide quality plant material and excellent customer service at reasonable prices. We do not mark up the price of our plants and then offer free/cheap planting and delivery. We prefer a straight forward approach and no gimmicks.
We do help with design work as far as recommending the right plant in the proper place in the yard. If you bring in pictures or drawings we can certainly assist in the plant selection and placement.
Planting fees are based on container size, Delivery fees are based on major crossroads.
Planting fees DO NOT include plant removal prior to planting.
Tree staking on certain trees is highly recommended, we will double stake trees with wire and hose for an additional cost. We are unable to guarantee tree staking due to our excessive wind.
Hooking up drip irrigation to newly planted plants is done for an additional fee. Price depends on the distance of running the drip line. Homeowner must have an existing working drip system to work with.
Do you offer gift certificates?
We do offer gift certificates in any amount. (No expiration date) As long as you have them we will honor it.
When do you close for the year?
Jackrabbit Nursery is open year round seven days a week. My hours slightly vary during the seasons of the year. Please call us for current hours. We are closed on major holidays. ( New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July-Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and the following day.
I live in a HOA community, do I have planting restrictions?
HOA communities do have certain restrictions planting certain varieties in the front yards. It’s best to contact the HOA and get the current plant list.
Trees that do well in dirt/gravel landscapes, low water once established. Either on drip, bubbler irrigation, or hose watering.
Small/ medium size trees: Mastic (pistachia lentiscus), Oleander trees, Acacia Mulga, Leather Leaf Acacia (Acacia craspedocarpa), Vitex Pepper (Chaste tree), Lysaloma, Texas Ebony, Ironwood, Desert Willow, Hybrid Fruitless Olive (Wilsonii), Palo Blanco (Acacia Willardiana), Texas Olive, Mediterranean Fan Palm, Pindo Palm.
Large trees: Mesquite Varieties: Chilean, Honey mesquite, Hybrid Argentine Mesquite etc. Sonoran Emerald Palo Verde (Hybrid Palo Verde.), Dalbergia Sissoo, Red Push Pistache, Southern Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana), Tipu, Eldarica Pine, Acacia Salicina, Bonita Ash, Pineapple Palm, Mexican Fan Palm.
Trees that do well in flood irrigated or grass areas that require more water:
Ash varities: Bonita, Raywood, Fan-Tex., Fruitless Mulberry, Cottonwood, Citrus varieties, Red Push Pistache, Southern Live Oak, Chinese Elm.
New Tree Watering Schedule
Every time you water, the soil should be thoroughly saturated to a depth of at least 2-3 feet and at least as wide as the tree well
If no drip system is used. Use a hose and set it at a slow flow to slowly fill up the tree well
Deep watering is essential to the overall health and growth of the plant
Placing a layer of mulch around the base of the plant is beneficial in many ways:
> It keeps plants cooler in the cooler months.
> It keeps plants moist for a longer period of time.
> When the mulch breaks down it continues to condition the soil. It also provides beneficial nutrients to the plants
> Mulch should be placed around the plant 3-4 times a year
Gypsum is also beneficial for your plants in many ways:
> Most of our soil in the desert is clay and it has a tendency to attract and hold sodium (salt). Our water also contains sodium, and after we irrigate, evaporation will tend to leave it and other slats on the surface. Deep watering and adding gympsum is the key to leaching the salt from the soil.
> Gypsum allows the roots of the palm to absorb the necessary nutrients from the soil and fertilizers.
> Gypsum does lower the pH of the soil and it also aids in to loosen up clay / compacted soils thus improving the drainage.
It is often difficult to say how often to water due to the vast differences in soil composition, but please ask our office and we would be glad to assist.
A general rule of thumb is just be observant of soil between your watering's. If there is gravel around the plants it is best to pull it back and place the mulch around the base of the plants. You cannot tel how wet or dry the soil is if there is gravel around the plants.
By looking and handling the soil you can determine if it is too wet, dry, or adequate.
You want to keep the soil moist to the point where you can crumble the soil in your hands. If the soil is muddy (if you can form a mud ball) then the soil is to wet.