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October 2018
Issue 103
Hello Great Gardener,

Have you brought your houseplants inside yet? If not, they are forecasting cooler temperatures next week and lows at night could dip below freezing, especially in outlying areas.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Ornamental Berries
Crabapple 'Prairifire'
Malus 'Prairifire'
An outstanding flowering tree with an upright form that becomes rounded with age. Reddish new foliage matures to a dark green. Lovely deep pink spring flowers produce persistent, small, dark red-purple fruit. A colorful accent for smaller landscapes.

Height: 15-20 Feet
Width: 15-20 Feet
'Winter Red'

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

Small white blooms produce bright red fruit in fall, providing vivid winter color on bare stems. Plant a late-blooming male pollenizer such as Southern Gentleman Winterberry nearby for berry production. Use as foundation color or in the back of a border for seasonal interest. An ideal natural hedge plant with an upright habit. Native! Deer Resistant!

Height: 6-9 Feet
Width: 5-8 Feet
Holly 'Red Beauty'
Ilex x 'Rutzan'
Bright red berries combined with glossy, dark green foliage on this handsome shrub. Effective in pairs to frame an entrance or driveway, or massed into a hedge. Maintains dense, upright, conical shape with little or no pruning. For best berry display, plant a male pollenizer such as Blue Prince Holly nearby.

Height: 7-10 Feet
Width: 4-5 Feet
Fall Clean Up

For most gardeners, the thought of raking and bagging so many leaves is not fun. There is an easier way to approach the job this season by keeping and reusing the bounty of autumn leaves, instead of perpetually dragging them to the curb. More than half the nutrients absorbed by leaves during the growing season remain in the fallen leaves. They are waiting for you to put them to good use to enhance your lawn, garden, and compost.
Work throughout the season; waiting too far out makes using the leaves a daunting task. Leaves being used as mulch within the season benefit from being chopped up first. They need not even be raked first - use a gas powered lawn mower set at the highest height to mow leaves into confetti. Spread the leaves out if necessary to keep them about 3 to 4 inches deep. It is best to mow when the leaves are wet with morning dew (but not soaked from rain). Once chopped, leaves can be used in different ways.
1. Leave them in place on the lawn, as they will act as free fertilizer, returning nutrients and organic matter back to the soil. Lawn grass benefits greatly from having ground leaves incorporated; by spring, leaf remains will not be visible and the lawn will return thicker.
2. Spread chopped leaves on top of perennial beds to treat as winter mulch. Not only will they provide insulation, but they also improve the soil quality as they break down over winter. Leaves make amazing mulch for newly planted bulbs or fall perennial planting that may be susceptible to frost heaving.
3. In the vegetable garden, till chopped up leaves into the soil. They will decay over the course of winter better than leaves left whole. In the spring the soil surface will be free of leaf litter clumps and easier to sow seeds.
4. If making your own compost, chopped leaves give you the benefit of "Brown material" to add into your compost pile.
5 Tips For Starting A New Garden
1. Test Your Soil:
Before you start planning your garden have the soil tested. Soil testing is usually performed to determine nutrient content, composition, and other characteristics. Tests may also measure fertility and indicate deficiencies that may need to be remedied before you can plant. The Licking County Extension Office does soil testing for a small fee. For information call 740-670-5315.
2. Know How Well Your Ground Drains:
Roots need oxygen, and if your soil is consistently wet, there are no air pockets for the roots to thrive. The best way to know how water behaves in your soil is to dig a test hole one to two feet deep and fill with water. If it drains away in an hour or two, you have excellent drainage. If it drains overnight, you have adequate drainage. If it stands any longer, you have poor drainage. Amending the soil can help some, but if the hole does not drain it is best not to plant in that area or plant moisture loving plants.
3. Know Your Light Conditions:
It is essential to know how much light the area you want to plant receives. Write it down in a notebook and bring it with you when buying plants.

Deep Or Dense Shade, Full Shade:
Look for this on the north sides of buildings and walls or under trees with low branches and dense leaves. Less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean any sun. There aren't many plants that can survive in the dark.

Partial Shade:
Find this in areas that get direct morning sun (on the east side of buildings) or afternoon sun (on the west side of structures) but none at midday, from about 10:00 to 2:00 pm.

Light Shade, Dappled Shade:
Look for this under trees with high branches or sparse foliage.

Part Sun:
Same as partial shade - except, plants that like part sun also tolerate midday sun.

Full Sun:
These places receive direct sunlight for at least 6 hours or more each day, including some or all of the midday hours.
4. Measure & Draw Out Area:
It doesn't have to be pretty, jot down the measurements of your future garden. For foundation, plantings include height & width and location of windows, doors, air conditioning units, etc. Measure how many feet from the bottom of windows to the ground. The more measurements you have, the better off you will be. Take pictures of the area as well to give you a visual to reference.
5. Write Down:
Write down your favorite plants, favorite colors, what you are trying to achieve (Zen Garden, Cottage Garden, etc.), plants that you dislike. Do you have deer?
When you go shopping bring everything with you.
Last Leaf Sale!
Last Leaf Sale!
30% Off
Trees, Shrubs, Perennials & Fruits Out On The Sales Floor.

Does Not Include: Roses, Houseplants (i.e. Citrus, Tropical, Succulents, Or Cactus), Annuals, Vegetables, Mums, Asters, Cabbage Or Kale, Clearance or Any Other Plant Not Designated.

Sale Ends:
October 31, 2018
Tree Planting Sale
Trees purchased from Wilson's can be delivered and planted for only
per tree

Licking County, Nashport & Frazeysburg

per tree

Franklin, Delaware, Knox, Coshocton, Muskingum, Perry & Fairfield Counties

All Other Counties Not Included
Does Not Include Planting Of Shrubs, Roses & Perennials, or Any Other Plants.

Sale Ends:
October 21, 2018
Upcoming Events
Little Sprouts:
Fall Festival

Sunday, October 14th
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: $5 per child plus tax

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Painting With Ryan
(Witches Hat)

Saturday, October 20th
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Saturday, November 10th
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Sunday, November 18th
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Snowman String Art
December 2nd
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Garden Jokes
What is an ice skaters favorite vegetable?

Why was the tomato blushing?
Because it saw the salad dressing.

What is a chicken's favorite vegetable?

What's the absolute coolest vegetable in the garden?
The rad-ish!

What do you get when you cross Popeye's favorite vegetable with a cactus?
Stink Bugs
Stink Bugs
Also known as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), or simply the stink bug. It is considered an agricultural pest and can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops.
Keeping Stink Bugs Out Of The Garden
Keep areas around gardens clear of tall grass, brambles, downed limbs and other natural litter to deny a place to over winter.

Espoma Insecticidal Soap Insect Killer and Bonide Neem Oil are also effective against stink bugs, especially early in the season.

When stink bugs are expected, especially as crops approach harvest, use row covers to prevent them from gaining access.

Encourage beneficial insects to the garden. Stinkbugs have many natural enemies, such as praying mantis, ladybugs, lacewings and minute pirate bugs.  Limit their numbers by attracting these beneficial creatures to the area.
Keeping Out Of Home
To survive the winter it invades homes in the fall entering under siding, into soffits, around window and door frames, or any space which has openings big enough to fit through.
Simple tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Caulk windows inside and out

Weather strip entry doors and/or install door sweeps if daylight is visible around the perimeter of the door.

Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from your home's foundation to keep from attracting pests.

Inspect for and seal foundation cracks to block a potential point of entry.

Secure crawlspace entries.

When insulating exposed plumbing pipes around the foundation or the crawlspace of your home, caulk small gaps and fill larger ones with steel wool.

If your home has a fireplace, cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out pests.

The best way to control them - squash them (you'll quickly find out how they got their name!). If you're a little squeamish, vacuuming is another option.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday:

9 am - 6 pm

11 am - 6 pm
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