Question

Do you carry organic fertilizer?

Answer

We have a variety of organic and non-organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizer brands include G&B Organics, Down to Earth and Lilly Miller. Other popular non-organic brands include High Yield and Gro Power. More options are available in the store.


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Do you carry organic soil?

Answer

Yes we do. Organic soils include Garden and Bloom, Kellogg, Dr. Earth and Malibu brand soil. Pro Mix has both organic and non-organic soils, so be sure to check the label or specify upon purchase if you want the organic blend.


Question

Do you carry bulk soil?

Answer

We do not carry bulk soil. We do have bulk compost, but it is not organic. When purchasing our bulk compost, you have the option to buy a bag to contain it in. The bag is fully refundable.


Question

I would like to have the soil in my garden analyzed. What do I need to do to get this done?

Answer

Bring in a sandwich bag filled with your soil to be tested. On average, it takes two to three weeks to get the results.


Question

Do you carry gardening containers or beds?

Answer

We carry plastic or cloth pots in sizes ranging from 1 to 45 gallons.


 

Question

Do you carry organic pesticides?

Answer

Several items come to mind. Neem oil is often the first choice of many professionals, followed by mineral oil. These items are available in the Monterey and Summit brands. Additional OMRI and CDFA rated brands are available as well. B.T. spray is a fantastic solution if you have a worm problem. It is made of oil and natural plant pollen. We also carry predatory insects such as beneficial nematodes, praying mantis and ladybugs. Other pests can be dealt with as well using many of our pesticides. Be sure to specify or bring a sample of your issues to the store for the most accurate help.

If your insect problem proves too extreme for these organic options, we have a large variety of inorganic options as well. Please check with our front desk for additional information.


Question

Do you carry any baits or poisons?

Answer

We have an entire aisle dedicated to squirrels, rats, gophers/moles and slugs. We have poisons, bait stations, lethal and nonlethal traps for most of these animals, along with other tools to assist in getting rid of your pest problems.


Question

Do you sell live red worms or any variety garden worms?

Answer

We sell small boxes of red wiggler worms. One box holds roughly 300 worms, eggs and larvae. We usually have them in stock, but sometimes we sell out. Be sure to call ahead.



Question

What’s the best control for citrus leafminer?

Answer

We have a citrus leafminer trap. It’s a pheromone sticky trap which is very effective. We also have a product called Bioadvanced Fruit, Citrus and Vegetable Insect Control that is highly effective.


Question

What type of mulches do you have?

Answer

We carry Kellogg Gromulch, cedar mulch and decorative pathway mulch. We also have soil amendments that can be used for mulching such as G&B Organics Harvest Supreme, G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner and Kellogg Amend.


Question

I have yellow leaf. What can I use on it?

Answer

Leaf yellowing can be attributed to a variety of things, but most commonly is caused by a soil deficiency. Bring in a sample of your leaf so we can identify the deficiency and get you the right minerals for your soil.


Question

I am interested in buying organic, non-GMO vegetable and herb plants. Do you offer this at your business?

Answer

All of our plants are organic and non-GMO, but they are not certified. However, we do carry a large quantity of certified organic and non-GMO seeds.


Question

What type of lawns do you recommend that are drought tolerant?

Answer

Bermuda and Zoysia are your best drought resistant grass types. Drought Buster is also an excellent option, and one of the cheapest.


Question

How do I stop crabgrass from ruining my lawn once and for all?

Answer

It’s easy! After pulling or spraying for crabgrass, apply Dimension Pre-emergent in February and September to kill the seeds. We have both 15lb. bags and 50lb. bags in stock.


Question

Do you have an herbicide that will kill “Nut Grass” but not Dyamondia?

Answer

Yes, we do. It is called “Sedgehammer.” Use one packet per one gallon of water. One Gallon will cover 1,000 sq. ft.


Question

When is the best time to overseed your lawn?

Answer

Many homeowners like to overseed their lawns with ryegrass for a green winter lawn. Mid-September is the best time to do this.


Question

When is the best time to lay down new sod?

Answer

October and April are the best months, because there are warm days and cool nights. These months are also the best for planting fruit trees.

“Sunset” magazine online cautions against laying sod lawns in very cold weather, which is rare in many parts of Southern California, so it might not be a consideration where you live. It also cautions against laying sod during the hottest part of the summer, as a new sod lawn needs lots of water and risks sunburn.

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Do you carry worms and earthworm castings?

Answer

Yes, we carry worms and yes, we carry earthworm castings.

Earthworms are great for more than just the castings they produce! The earthworm pushes through soft earth with the point of its head. In hard soil, the worm eats its way through, forming burrows, some several feet deep. Burrows loosen the soil, admitting air and water and helping roots grow. A single acre of land may be home to as many as 500,000 earthworms, each making the soil a better place for plants.

As an earthworm feeds, organic matter passes through its body and is excreted as granular dark castings. You may see these small casting piles in your garden. Worm castings are a wonderful fertilizer, rich in nutrients otherwise unavailable to plants.


Question

What kind of fertilizer is best to use on my lawn in the summer?

Answer

It is best to switch in the summer to a “time-release” fertilizer for your grass. Be more careful with products that release nitrogen quickly as they may burn your lawn more easily in the hot weather. Some of the best products to use are “Super Turf 25-5-5” or Lebanon “Pro-Scape 32-0-6.”


Question

What is the best soil to use for above ground planters, or what is called, “square-foot gardening”? I’ve heard of something called “Mel’s Mix”? What is that made up of?

Answer

“Mel’s Mix” is the creation of Mel Bartholemew, who is the creator of the “Square Foot Garden” method of gardening. He recommends filling your garden boxes with the following mix:

  • 1/3 Vermiculite
  • 1/3 Peat Moss
  • 1/3 Enriched Compost

If you’d rather not have to mix it yourself, we also sell a product here at OC Farm Supply called, “PRO-MIX®” that is used by professional growers. PRO-MIX® is the ultimate peat/compost-based growing mix specially formulated for growing organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers. It is enhanced with Mycorise®. Here are some of the reasons why you would want to use either “Mel’s Mix” or “PRO-MIX®:”

  • Planting & germination: Mel’s Mix or Pro-Mix is much lighter than dirt, and it doesn’t get compacted down. This allows seeds to push through easier.
  • Root Systems: It’s really easy for roots to grow and spread.
  • Weeds: You’ll be saying, “What weeds?” As long as you are careful with the compost you get, there are no weeds in the mix (as in Gardner & Bloome’s Harvest Supreme, or PRO-MIX®).
  • Drainage: You cannot overwater. The easiest method is to use a drip system, but you can hand water as well. Drains so well, you don’t have to worry about overwatering.
  • When you use “Mel’s Mix” or “PRO-MIX®,” you don’t have to amend the soil every time you plant, just add a trowel of compost with each new planting. Also, you do not have to rotate crops.

Question

Can you give me a brief history of Orange County Farm Supply?

Answer

Bob Cole started Orange County Farm Supply in 1948. John Roy purchased it in 1963, and it has been owned and operated by the Roy family since then. When the Farm Supply began, it was all agriculture, fertilizers and chemicals, seed and fencing. Through the years we have transitioned to what the local economy was interested in, and now our customers are mainly backyard enthusiasts and people who are interested in landscape curb appeal. Additionally we have many commercial accounts that range from Disneyland and the Angels to condominium complexes and office buildings. We also provide service. We have knowledge of current trends in insect and fungal problems. We know how to eradicate weeds and other pests. We are knowledgeable in fertilizers and their applications. And we love weed and pest samples. We also will send out your soil sample to have it tested. That’s just a part of what we offer.