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February 2016
Issue 52
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Planting season is upon us. Trees, shrubs and fruit trees can all be planted as long as the ground is workable and not soaking wet. To test to see if your soil is ready for planting, take a handful and squeeze it. If the soil forms into a ball and does not break apart then the ground is not ready for planting.

New shipments of trees, shrubs and fruit trees will be arriving throughout March. Stop in and check them out.

There are other things you can do to get your garden ready for spring (See Below).

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. As always, have a great-gardening day.

I'll plant and water, sow and weed,
Till not an inch of earth shows brown,
And take a vow of each small seed
To grow to greenness and renown:
And then some day you'll pass my way,
See gold and crimson, bell and star,
And catch my garden's soul, and say:
"How sweet these cottage gardens are!"

-   Edith Nesbit, the poem Seed-Time and Harvest
from the Pomander of Verse, 1895
Garden Joke
How do you make friends with a squirrel?
Scroll down to bottom of email for answer.
February Full Moon
By Gregory H. Revera - Own work
February's full moon is called the "Full Snow Moon" because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Other names given to February's full moon are "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon" and "Bone Moon"
Consumer's Choice
We are proud to call our business a Consumer Choice Winner from
2009 - 2014.
Please help us carry on this tradition by placing your vote at
New For You

Mottled light green and white leaves with larger splotches of dark green give this plant it's name, Camouflage.  Listed as one of NASA’s top plants that filter harmful toxins from the air. It is perfect for home and office.

Light: Moderate to bright indirect light.
Taking Applications
We are now hiring flower-loving, smiling faces for our 2016 Spring Season!
Taking Applications:
Monday - Saturday
9 am - 4 pm

We do not have online applications you will need to physically come to the store to fill out an application.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

February Hours:
Monday - Saturday:

9 am - 5 pm
Closed Sunday

March Hours:
Monday - Saturday:

9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
Garden Joke Answer
Climb a tree and act like a nut.
Wilson App
The Wilson’s Garden Center app is designed to help you have more fun in the garden and at our garden center.

Each time you visit the garden center your purchase will be validated at the register and you’ll receive another ‘punch’.

After 5 punches you’ll earn a reward. Click on the rewards tab and you’ll see all the rewards you’ve earned and all those you are eligible for.

Use our handy links to access our app on the Apple iTunes store and Google Play (for Android devices). Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Our app works on all Apple iPhones, iPads, iPad minis as well as Android Smart phones and tablets.
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For more information about our store please
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Garden Journal
Creating a garden journal is one way to get your mind into the garden before the planting season has begun. They can be very useful especially when you start shopping for your plants. Here are some ideas:

What you need:
  • A notebook - depending on how many gardens you have, you might want to have a sectioned notebook to keep track of each garden.
  • Handy dandy pencil - Most people write in pen, but with a garden journal you may have to erase multiple times.
  • Computer - If your not keen on  writing by hand you can keep a journal on your computer.
  • Camera - To take pictures as your garden progresses through out the seasons.
Garden journals can keep track of many things depending on how detailed you want to write.
  • Take a picture of each garden while dormant. Print and place one picture per page or section of notebook.
  • Write down what plants are already in each garden.
  • Write down measurements of each garden.
          Length and Width.
    If windows are in area, write down height to window sills, width of windows, etc.
  • If the area gets full sun, shade, part sun, etc..
  • What worked last year in the garden.
  • What didn't work in the garden
  • Browse through garden magazines or garden web pages and start writing down plants you want to find for each garden.
  • Color schemes
Other things to keep note of through out the seasons:
  • Temperature each day
  • Rain each day / snow
  • Once a month go out and take a picture of your garden and place in notebook.
  • Write down when you fertilized and what with.
  • When you pruned.
  • If you had to spray an insecticide.
  • When you harvested.
  • If you're planting seeds in the garden what kind, what day.
  • Animal damage.
The sky is the limit on how detailed you want to get, but the more information you record. The more you can look back from year to year to see how your garden grew.
Now is the time to get out and prune fruit trees (only to thin and open canopy), deciduous trees and shrubs.

Avoid pruning spring flowering trees and shrubs such as weeping cherries, lilacs, rhododendrons, crabapples, forsythia and azaleas. These can be pruned after they are done blooming for the season.

Trees such as Maples, Dogwoods, Elms, Birches and Walnuts can be pruned, but are best left until mid-summer or late fall.

We recommend pruning no more than 1/3 of the selected tree or shrub.  When pruning think about the following:

Prune to promote plant heath:
  • Remove dead or dying branches.
  • Remove branches that rub together.
  • Remove branch stubs.
Prune to protect people and property:
  • Remove weak branches over parking areas, sidewalks and homes.
  • Prune branches that obscure vision at intersections.
  • Prune shrubs or tree branches that obscure entry to your home.
  • Prune to shape young trees, but don't cut back the leader.
  • Remove crossing branches and branches that grow back towards the center of the tree.
  • As young trees grow, remove lower branches gradually to raise the crown, and remove branches that are too closely spaced on the trunk.
  • Remove multiple leaders on trees where a single leader is desirable.
  • To shorten a branch or twig, cut it back to a side branch or make the cut about 1/4 inch above the bud.
  • Always prune above a bud facing the outside of a plant to force the new branch to grow in that direction.
Deciduous shrubs require maintenance pruning to keep them healthy and in scale with their surroundings. Maintenance pruning practices should begin at the time of planting
  • Always remove dead, diseased, or broken branches promptly. When pruning dead or diseased branches, make thinning cuts into healthy wood, well below the affected area. Disinfect tools between each cut.
  • To reduce the height of shrubs with a cane habit, first remove the tallest canes by cutting or sawing them out near ground level. Then, thin out any canes crowding the center, as well as those growing in an unwanted or unruly direction.
  • For height maintenance of mounding-type shrubs, prune only the longest branches. Make thinning cuts well inside the shrub mass where they won't be visible. This method reduces mounding shrubs by up to one-third their size without sacrificing their shape. 
Upcoming Events
Spring Sneak Peak
March 18th, 19th & 20th
Join us for a fun weekend of beautiful flowers and fun activities as we celebrate the first day of Spring.
  • Free Potted Plant to the first 50 guests each day!
  • 11 am - 3 pm: Local Artisans
  • 12 pm - 2 pm: Free Lunch (Hot dogs & Chips)
  • Door Prizes
Wilson University
Classes are limited to 15 guests. Please register in advance. Payment is due at time of registration. Classes can be paid for online, over the phone, or in store.
Attend 5 or more classes to earn your Wilson University Diploma and a $25 Wilson Gift Card.

  • 1:00 pm:Timber Succulent Planter ($29.99)
Have you admired our fallen timber planter full of savvy succulents in the front parking lot? Take home your own mini version that's sure to turn heads and stop traffic after completing this workshop.
  • 2:30 pm:Rose Care 101 (Free)
Having difficulty growing stunning roses? Join us for everything you need to know about growing beautiful roses (and more) in Ohio. Varieties, pruning and spraying will be discussed. Come with your questions and leave with the knowledge for success!
  • 4:00 pm: Cool Weather Color Splash Workshop ($24.99)
Ready for a burst of color and can't wait til our frost free date? Kick off Spring by planting a patio container full of cool weather blooming beauties. These cold hardy annuals will get you back into the gardening swing of things and brighten your porch, patio or entry. Welcome Spring!
  • 1:00 pm: Home Orchard Basics:112 (Free)
Want to know where your produce comes from and what might be on it? Join us for this introductory class on starting your own orchard. Topics covered include pollination requirements, insect and disease management, and basic pruning needs.
  • 2:30 pm: Veggie Vessel: 310 ($14.99)
Delight your family and friends by serving freshly picked veggies that you have grown yourself! Children and adults alike will enjoy plucking their own healthy snake from this compact, easy to grow container. We'll help you succeed with sowing seeds that are perfect for a spring veggie patio planter.
  • 4:00 pm: Hanging Globe Terrarium Workshop:II ($16.99)
Create a self-supporting, small-scale ecosystem in this fun, informal class. These hanging terrariums are easy to assemble and require little attention or maintenance. All you need to do is sit back and watch it grow!
  • 1:00 pm: Landscaping Your Home: An Introduction (Free)
After participating in this class you will have gained basic landscape knowledge, simple design techniques and plant selection for various sites. If you are a beginner and want to try your hand at sprucing up the outside of your home, this class will get you off to a great start! ** Please schedule a quick sketch appointment for another time if you are in need of one on one advice.
  • 2:30 pm: Parent & Peanut: Basket Workshop ($49.99)
Come by yourself, or bring a child or garndchild to help plant a beautiful 12" Moss hanging basket. We will nurture your basket in the greenhouse until its ready to go outside, and you can monitor its growth via our e-newsletter or Facebook. Better yet, come in and visit it!
  • 4:00 pm:Herbology:420 ($24.99)
Out of room to plow? Create a scrumptious herb bowl providing your fix of tasty, fragrant plants. We will help you select and explain their care, so that they can be enjoyed wherever you have room for a container!
Explore Ohio
Arboretums, gardens and conservatories are a great way to escape from the city, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  Get inspired by these beautiful places. Each newsletter I will feature a different place in Ohio for you to check out. Take the family and have fun.

P.S. Don't forget to share some pictures with us.
 Home & Garden Show
Ohio Expo Center

717 E 17th Avenue Columbus, OH
February 20th - 28th

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