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SUMMER SOLSTICE - TIME TO REFLECT ON OUR OBLIGATIONS FOR GOOD STEWARDSHIP

Summer Solstice, when we experience the longest day of the year, is upon us. Midsummer, popularized by no other than Shakespeare, is a time when human civilization has paused to honor the all those aspects of Nature that support Life as we know it. It is time for all of us to consider, contemplate, and act on our responsibilities of correct stewardship of our world. This can begin so simply with all of us united in the pursuit of gardening, bringing forth the bounty of the earth. It is so…See More
Jun 17
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PLANT DISEASES TO WATCH FOR - ELMS

June is here, summer will arrive shortly and the tree canopy is full. There are many issues to watch for as that canopy matures and closes. The scourge of Emerald Ash Borer is still the big news of the landscape but don't let it overshadow the possibility of other diseases seriously impacting other species of trees. There are other similarly serious and devastating conditions to watch for. The American Elm, Ulmus americana, disappeared from the landscape and nearly disappeared from its native…See More
Jun 10
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PLANT DISEASES OF THE SEASON - BURN

Many gardeners have asked, in this week just passed, "What is wrong with my plant and what can I spray it with?" There were 3 different samples from different gardeners and all different species but strangely all had the symptoms: withered or wilted young branch tips, young leaves, and just opening flower buds. Three of those samples were: a young Japanese Maple branch tip; young peach branch tip leaves; and a leaf sample and just opening flower bud from a Knockout Rose. Symptoms were very…See More
May 27
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PLANT DISEASES OF THE SEASON - PEACH LEAF CURL

There have been many questions concerning: "why are the leaves on my tree curling?" A very good question as it indicates the gardener is paying attention to details in the garden. Remember that basic pest control begins with correct identification. The first follow up question is then: "what kind of tree is it?" Right now these questions are consistently concerning Peach trees, but for this particular condition, Nectarines and Almonds are also possible candidates.The next step is to try to…See More
May 20
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PLANT IT RIGHT - IT STARTS WITH THE ROOTS

Mothers' Day is here and plants of all types are at the top of the gift list to show Mom our love and appreciation. Fantastic! Here are some tips to make sure those outdoor plants will survive and continue to honor Mother for several years to come. Planting depth is perhaps the singularly most important consideration when installing a plant in the landscape.The perfect tree or the perfect shrub can be doomed to failure if the planting hole is too deep. There are many variations of an old…See More
May 13
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PICK THE PERFECT PLANT - A TOUGH TREE FOR A TOUGH SITE

Anyone driving along any highway, or past any old field or disturbed site in southwest Ohio has noticed white flowering trees everywhere. First guesses are perhaps Honeysuckle or Callery Pear because of the sheer abundance of them. The answer is, no, these are not an exotic invasive specie running wild. Instead, this is a tree native to eastern North America, Robinia pseudoacacia, Black Locust.Black locust grows as a medium sized tree to about 40 feet tall with a broad upright columnar habit.…See More
May 6
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ARBOR DAY 2017

Arbor Day was first celebrated April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. On that first Arbor Day, approximately 1 million trees were planted. It became a state holiday in Nebraska in 1885. It was founded by J. (Julius) Sterling Morton, then Secretary of Agriculture for President Grover Cleveland. The intention of this holiday is meant to encourage people, whether in groups or as individuals, to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day was celebrated on April 22, 1885, the birthday of J.…See More
Apr 29
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PICK THE PERFECT PLANT - LILACS!!!

Spring is well under way and the amazing scent of lilacs is in the air! The genus, Syringa, is large with several species and hybrids; ranging from tree form types to smaller stature mounded habits. Lilacs bloom from early mid spring into summer depending on species; and some will repeat bloom in the as temperatures cool in early fall. The color palette ranges from white through pinks, lavender and purple, and even a few yellow tones. While all have some fragrance, the Common Lilacs, Syringa…See More
Apr 22
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HOLIDAY FLOWERS

Another holiday season is upon us at another convergence of celebrations by many spiritual doctrines. A "growing" tradition is the giving of and decorating with spring flowers. Potted, forced spring bulbs and flowering small shrubs are everywhere. A few simple suggestions can extend the enjoyment of these gifts this season and into the years to come.Provide the potted plants with bright but not direct sunlight. Avoid warm or cold drafts. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy wet. Best for…See More
Apr 15
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EARLY SPRING TEMPERATURES AND TEMPTATIONS

The first week of April is closing and Garden Centers are filling with all kinds of plants to load into the car and fill up the home landscape. Perhaps. Just because daytime temperatures are flirting with 70 degrees on occasion does not mean the possibility of cold damage is over. When looking at the vast number of possibilities, take a look at the sales area. The best selections at this time of the year are the plants that are displayed at "ambient" temperature. That is, the sales display area…See More
Apr 8
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PICK THE PERFECT PLANT - MORE ON GROUNDCOVERS

In my last post, I discussed groundcovers: what to look for and some to avoid. By definition, for a groundcover to be successful, it necessarily must have a rapid, aggressive, colonizing growth habit to effectively suppress and exclude weeds and control erosion. Further, it is so very important to avoid those plants that that also have an aggressive seed production and dispersal mechanism, characteristic of invasive plants. I have had some calls since then about some particular plants since I…See More
Apr 1
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Mar 27
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GROUNDCOVERS!

Maintaining a weed free, well groomed landscape can be a yearly challenge, especially where the lawn just won't grow. Many landscapes have difficult areas: slopes to steep to mow, too wet , too dry, or too shady for a successful healthy lawn, or large expanses of mulch that help control weeds but are visually boring at best. Consider planting groundcovers as a solution.Groundcovers are generally considered to be fairly fast growing, lower growing plants that thrive as monoculture colonies. They…See More
Mar 25
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SPRING IS HERE!

St. Patrick's Day just passed with snow, sleet, and rain. The Vernal Equinox is just around the corner signaling the first day of Spring. Gardeners everywhere are feeling that surge of green. It is time to head for the garden! This is the 'traditional' time to sow some of the earliest vegetables in the garden. Garden lore tells us that St. Patrick's Day is the signal to plant peas. They are plants that will germinate in cool soils and grow well in the cooler temperatures of early spring. Make…See More
Mar 18
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COLD SNAP

The first day of Spring is almost here and the Miami Valley is experiencing some of the coldest weather of the winter. While temperatures in the teens and lower twenty degrees are not uncommon in early March, they can wreak havoc in the landscape following several periods of unseasonably warm days with the temperatures 50 to 60 degrees. Spring bulbs are up and many are starting to bloom. The protective outer bud scales have opened and fallen away and many early flowering trees and shrubs have…See More
Mar 11
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LATE WINTER COLOR

The end of a mild winter is near. Temperatures in the Miami Valley of Ohio are chilly but not bitter, buds are swelling, and some trees and shrubs are starting to bloom. As is "normal" for this time of year, Red Maples are starting to bloom. Within a week there will be airy clouds of small reddish flowers all along the twigs of these trees, beautiful against a a sunny sky. Other trees and shrubs are awakening too. Many are the standard harbingers of Spring we have grown familiar with at this…See More
Mar 4

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SUMMER SOLSTICE - TIME TO REFLECT ON OUR OBLIGATIONS FOR GOOD STEWARDSHIP

Posted on June 17, 2017 at 5:52am 0 Comments

Summer Solstice, when we experience the longest day of the year, is upon us. Midsummer, popularized by no other than Shakespeare, is a time when human civilization has paused to honor the all those aspects of Nature that support Life as we know it. It is time for all of us to consider, contemplate, and act on our responsibilities of correct stewardship of our world. This can begin so simply with all of us united in the pursuit of gardening, bringing forth the bounty of the earth. It is so…

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PLANT DISEASES TO WATCH FOR - ELMS

Posted on June 10, 2017 at 5:30am 0 Comments

June is here, summer will arrive shortly and the tree canopy is full. There are many issues to watch for as that canopy matures and closes. The scourge of Emerald Ash Borer is still the big news of the landscape but don't let it overshadow the possibility of other diseases seriously impacting other species of trees. There are other similarly serious and devastating conditions to watch for. The American Elm, Ulmus americana, disappeared from the landscape and nearly disappeared from its…

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PLANT DISEASES OF THE SEASON - BURN

Posted on May 27, 2017 at 5:43am 0 Comments

Many gardeners have asked, in this week just passed, "What is wrong with my plant and what can I spray it with?" There were 3 different samples from different gardeners and all different species but strangely all had the symptoms: withered or wilted young branch tips, young leaves, and just opening flower buds. Three of those samples were: a young Japanese Maple branch tip; young peach branch tip leaves; and a leaf sample and just opening flower bud from a Knockout Rose. Symptoms were very…

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PLANT DISEASES OF THE SEASON - PEACH LEAF CURL

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 5:30am 0 Comments

There have been many questions concerning: "why are the leaves on my tree curling?" A very good question as it indicates the gardener is paying attention to details in the garden. Remember that basic pest control begins with correct identification. The first follow up question is then: "what kind of tree is it?" Right now these questions are consistently concerning Peach trees, but for this particular condition, Nectarines and Almonds are also possible candidates.

The next step is to…

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