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March 2019
Issue 112
Hello Great Gardeners,
Spring has sprung! Come see what is new for 2019 at Wilson’s. Join us for our Spring Sneak Peak March 20th - 24th.
  • Workshops
  • Free Refreshments
  • The Crazy Kernel Kettle Corn Company
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Local Vendors
  • Door Prizes
  • Free Gift For First 50 Guests each day!
See our website for more details!
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

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March Garden Chores
  • Clean and repair tools and equipment. Get that mower ready to roar.
  • The Ohio Cooperative Extension Service can test your soil to make sure you are applying the proper nutrients. (Fee involved).
  • For those who desire a pristine lawn, apply pre-emergent crabgrass control (We recommend Greenview Crabgrass Plus Lawn Food.) This will prevent crabgrass from sprouting and feed your lawn at the same time.
  • Spray dormant oil to smother overwintering insects on fruit trees and ornamental shrubs and trees.
  • Remove mulch from perennials and roses gradually as plants show signs of new growth. Trim off dead parts.
  • Remove those overwintering weeds such as chickweed and henbit growing in your planting beds; rake and fluff mulch after soil is dry.
  • In March after the ground has warmed some, it is safe to plant onions, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, grapevines, small bush fruits, fruit and shade trees, evergreens, shrubs and roses.
  • Prune fruit and shade trees, grapevines, and shrubs which bloom in summer and fall. Wait until spring bloomers such as lilac and forsythia are finished blooming before pruning them, though, or you may trim off the flower buds.
  • Trim ornamental grasses to 4-6" above the ground so that the fresh new growth can grow up through them. Clean up any other debris from perennials.
  • Fertilize fruit and shade trees, evergreens, shrubs, and lawns. Ask us and we'll help you select the proper plant foods.
  • Plan the right spot for herbs in the garden. Many of them will come up year after year.
  • Start fertilizing houseplants now for good growth. There are some great organic choices now. Any that are root-bound should be repotted to a larger size. Also check for any critters that have overwintered.
  • If you have started a compost pile, it would be good to turn the compost pile and add manure to activate it.
  • As tulip, narcissus and other large bulbs begin to emerge, set pansy plants between them for added color.
  • Late in the month, divide and transplant summer and fall
    blooming perennials (such as astilbe, aster, bleeding heart, coral bells, daylilies, phlox and shasta daisies). Perennials grow best in well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter (such as Bumper Crop).
  • Prepare your vegetable garden for planting once the soil is
    workable adding compost (such as Bumper Crop).
  • Depending on weather conditions, plant hardy vegetables such as onion sets, peas, and cole crops (cabbage and broccoli).
  • Start growing healthy greens in containers. We have a great selection this year.
Design School: Repeat That Please!
Photos Courtesy Of © Monrovia
Okay, here’s the science: Repetition is one of the key principles of landscape design.
Sometimes repetition is the repeated use of elements or features to create patterns or a sequence in a landscape design, but is can also sometimes just be as simple as repeating the use of the same color, texture, or form throughout the landscape. Repeating line, form, color, and texture creates rhythm in the landscape (we’ll do a deep dive into rhythm next month).

And here is how it works: All of that sounds more difficult than it is.
Think of it this way—your eye naturally focuses on the object that is the greatest distance away, it loves symmetry, and is always pleased by odd numbers such as 3 or 5 or 7. Using the same plant repeatedly in a landscape is simple repetition. Using a series of the same arches, pots, orbs or other elements is also simple repetition. As is using a group of similar features but slightly varying their size, texture, or color.
We’re going to use boxwoods as the plant in these examples, because they’re the most easy to read when used repeatedly. Here they’re used in repetition (this is four quadrants separated by paths) to create the corners of a parterre filled in with matched sets of perennials. This appears more aspirational than it is!

Below: A low hedge of boxwoods creates an soothing, unbroken line. A trio of matching boxwoods creates movement while keeping it simple.
In these examples, hardscape elements are used repeatedly to emphasize the depth or length of a space. These weathered arches draw you in, daring you to not follow them through to their end destination. The repeated use of the same grass has the effect of uninterrupted flow. You could do this on a smaller scale just arching over the walkway up the front door.

Below: The line of large concrete orbs is exciting and visually stimulating. The repeated pattern of the stair steps helps to create an unbroken line that feels good.
Of course if you don’t want to take on a landscaping project, just buying matching pots and plants can also produce the easy sophistication that comes with the use of repetition. How natural does this trio of zinc containers look when planted with the same variety in different colors?

Below: While this is a larger scale version, the idea is the same–create a line that the eye keeps travelling while producing a feeling of ease. And, this grouping of repeated exactly matching potted trees with soft underplantings would be an answer to how to break up a long, boring wall.
So, there you go.
The next time you’re watching some tv show and a landscape designer speak about the use of repetition and the magic it brings to a landscape, you’ll just nod in agreement!

And, you’ll see a picture like this and just know…if only they had added one more of those boxwoods!
Growing Strawberries
June-bearers (Standard) are varieties that produce a full crop the season after planting. In Ohio, the ripening season ranges from late May to the end of June.

Day Neutral Strawberries / Everbearing produce a full crop the first season they are planted. They have multiple crops throughout the growing season. They are also the most used varieties in container gardening.

Planting Site:
Strawberry plants require full sun for the most awesome tasting strawberries. Best growth and fruit is obtained when the plants are grown in loose, fertile soils containing large quantities of organic matter.

Strawberries are sensitive to excessive soil moisture and should be planted in raised beds or on ridges if drainage is a problem. Also, avoid planting in areas where potatoes, tomatoes, or sod were recently grown.

Early spring is the best time to plant your strawberry plants as long as the soil is not too wet. When planting, make sure to cover the roots and only half of the crown with soil. Make a trench deep enough to set the roots vertically. Do not bend roots horizontally.

Space June bearing plants 12-24 inches apart. In rows 36-40 inches apart.

Plant Day-Neutral strawberries 2-12 inches apart in rows with 30-36 inches between rows. Remove runners throughout the first season and remove flowers for the first six weeks after planting.

Mulching and Weeding:
Mulch the plants with 2-3 inches of straw or wood chips to conserve moisture and to maintain an essentially weed-free planting.

Blossom Removal:
Remove the flower stalks of June-bearing plants as they appear throughout the first growing season. More production can be expected if the plants are allowed to attain a large size before fruiting. Remove the blossoms of Day-Neutral types as they appear until about the middle of June (first year only). Then allow flowers to set fruit for harvest during the remainder of the season (August through October).

Insect and Disease:
Many problems due to insects and diseases can be avoided by selecting sites where sod, tomatoes, or potatoes have not been recently grown; planting disease-free and disease-resistant planting stock, and using good cultural practices.

Frost Protection:
In addition, for weed control, mulching is necessary to provide winter protection for the plants. Apply straw that is free of weed seeds two to three inches deep over the plants after they have been subjected to several sharp freezes in the low 30s or high 20s in fall. Generally, this is between November 15th through the 3Oth, but no later than December 15th. Strawberry flower buds are very susceptible to spring frosts. Mulches used for winter protection should be removed from plants in early spring before there is mulch leaf yellowing. The mulch should be left in the alleyways and used to cover blossoms in the spring when frost is predicted, especially with early blooming varieties. Frost protection could be the difference between a good crop and no crop.

Protect your upcoming harvest from birds, bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks by using netting over the plants.

Strawberries are ready to harvest when they turn a bright red with no green on them — harvest first thing in the morning before the heat of the day hits.

When picking, pinch the stem behind the strawberry, do not squeeze the strawberry itself or you will have strawberry jam in your hand. Check for ripe strawberries every two to three days.
Seaside Serenade
‘Fire Island’

2 Gallon Pot
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘HORTFIRE’

A parade of color with long-lasting, bi-color blooms that are white, edged in rich rosy red, and mature to deep pink. Robust, dark green, leathery foliage has fantastic maroon color in spring and fall. A compact mophead variety, perfect for massing and in pots. Superb cut flowers on notably tough stems.
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Upcoming Events
Spring Pansy Purse
Wednesday, March 20th
Time: 11:00 am
Cost: $14.99 + tax
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Succulent Bowl
Thursday, March 21st
Time: 10:00 am
Cost: $24.99 +tax
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Succulent Tree Trunk Planter
Thursday, March 21st
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: $24.99 + tax
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10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

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