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Sunday - Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday & Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm
Closed July 4th
July 2021
Issue 147
Hello Great Gardeners,

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth Of July! We will be closed on July 4th to allow our employees to enjoy time with their families.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Plants Are Like Humans
Did you know that plants are like humans? Well, it's true. Many people think that you don't need to do anything else once you plant a plant in the ground. It will grow and thrive without any care. However, there is no such thing as a no-maintenance plant. Not unless you buy plastic flowers from the Hobby store. Every living thing needs air, water, and nutrients in order not to die.

As humans, we need oxygen. We breathe it in through our mouth or nose and exhale out carbon dioxide. Plants also need to breathe, but they do so through tiny pores on the back of their leaves. Instead of oxygen, they breathe in the carbon dioxide we produce and release oxygen back into the air.

Food & Water:
Imagine being out in the desert without anything to eat or drink. How long do you think you would survive? The human body can live up to 3 weeks without food, but only 3-4 days without water. After that, our body starts to shut down. When plants do not get enough food or water, they shut down as well. Some parts may die off to preserve the rest of the plant. They may also turn yellow and start to shrivel up.

Too much of a good thing can be harmful as well. If we gorge ourselves on food, we can get sick, whereas giving too much water to a plant can cause a plant to rot and wither. Maintaining a balance is vital to keeping everyone healthy.

Plants need maintenance to promote healthy growth. Like us cutting our hair, plants need deadheading to encourage new flowers to form. Having a maintenance schedule protects them from injury and pests.

We hear it all the time why is my plant not growing. Each plant develops and grows at its own rate. Some are faster than others. Do we grow from child to adult in a week? No! As humans, it takes us 18 years to mature. Patience is the key to success as your plant gets established.

Keep these factors in mind when buying your plants, and you will be more successful.
Blooming Beauties
'Bracken's Brown Beauty'

Lustrous, leathery foliage is rich, dark green above and cinnamon brown underneath. Large, 5 to 6 inch creamy white flowers are exotically fragrant. A hardier magnolia that transplants well and does not lose as many leaves as other varieties, and exhibits better cold tolerance than others.

Grows: 30-50 Feet Tall x 15-30 Feet Wide

1 Left In Stock!
Hydrangea 'Cherry Explosion'

Cherry Explosion is a new macrophylla type with large deep pink lace-cap blooms. The dark green leaves offset the deep pink blooms, making them dramatically stand out whether in a container or the landscape.
Grows: 3-4 Feet Tall x 3-4 Feet Wide
Sun Exposure: Pt Shade (Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade)
In Stock!
Butterfly Bush 'Pink Cascade'

This beautifully unique Butterfly Bush has an arching, weeping look versus the normal upright habit. Light apple blossom pink flower panicles are 8-10″ long. Use as a focal piece in your garden or in the landscape.
Grows: 5-6 Feet Tall x 5-6 Feet Wide
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
In Stock!
There are over 5,000 different species of aphids.

Aphids are small (1/8 inch long), soft-bodied, pear-shaped insects that may be green, yellow, brown, red, or black, depending on species and food source. They have needle-like mouthparts that they use to suck juices out of the plants.

Low to moderate numbers of aphids aren't usually damaging in gardens or on trees. However, large populations of aphids can decrease growth rate, cause mottled leaves, leaf yellowing, stunted growth, browning, wilting, low yields, and death.

Aphids can also produce large quantities of a sticky secretion known as honeydew, which often turns black with the growth of a sooty mold fungus. Some species of ants are attracted to and feed on the honeydew. These ants will protect the aphids from natural enemies and carry them to new plants when their food source is depleted.

Aphids may transmit viruses from plant to plant, particularly vegetables and ornamental plants. Squash, cucumber, pumpkin, melon, bean, potato, lettuce, beet, chard, and bok choy are crops that often have aphid-transmitted viruses associated with them.

There are several ways to get rid of aphids.

* Water: Spraying cold water on the leaves; sometimes, all aphids need is a cool blast to dislodge them. Typically they are unable to find their way back to the same plant.

* Insecticidal Soap: An Organic multipurpose insecticide that kills bugs on contact. Follow directions on the bottle when applying.

* Neem Oil: Works by suffocation and contact. Avoid using during the hottest part of the day.

* Diatomaceous Earth: This product is an organic insecticide that causes insects to dry out and die by absorbing the oils and fats from their bodies.

* Natural Predators: Ladybugs, Ladybug larvae, Soldier Beetles, Hover Flies, Lacewings, Spiders, Parasitic Wasps, Assassin Bugs, and Big-Eyed Bugs all feed on aphids. They keep aphid populations in check and reduce the need for chemical controls.

Note: If you have Aphids on your Butterfly Weed or Milkweed, do not use chemicals, as this will kill the monarch caterpillars if you have them.
2 & 3 Gallon Roses
$5 Off
(Regular $32.99 & Up)
7.5 Inch Summer Combos
(Lantana, Coleus, Calibrachoa, & Mixed Pots)
$2 Off
(Regular $8.99 - $9.99)
What Is Going On With The Birds?
From The OSU Bygl

Recently, there have been reports of sick or dying birds found around Ohio and in nearby states. These birds often have swollen eyes, discharge from their eyes that may appear crusted, or a lack of clarity to the eyes. Affected birds may also exhibit neurological signs, for example their head may hang to one side then flop to the other side.
Trees, Shrubs, Roses:

Watering is the most common issue with new trees and shrubs.
New plants typically need a lot of water for the first year or two as they establish. * Water requirements will vary depending on plant type, weather conditions, time of year and soil structure. 

Imagine thoroughly soaking the entire root ball when watering, as well as the soil around and below it. The goal is to soak below the root system to encourage deep rooting. Water slowly to reduce runoff. This is best achieved with a soaker hose, or garden hose left on trickle. Hand watering is not sufficient.

As a guideline, a slow trickle for 10 minutes for every gallon size container. For example, a plant that comes from a 1 gallon size container should be slowly watered for 10 minutes, 3 gallon - 30 minutes, etc.

Do not water every day, which can suffocate roots. Give your new plant a good soaking every couple of days, letting the soil dry out in between waterings. Watering frequencies may vary from week to week depending on weather conditions.

Do not rely on rain. Use a rain gauge to properly monitor rainfall. A slow steady rain with an inch or more within a week period is required to be sufficient.

Morning watering will help to prevent diseases and evaporation of moisture. Continue watering regularly throughout the growing season. You should check the plant's watering needs for at least the first two growing seasons.

If we have a rainy spring, it is even more critical that you monitor watering later in the season.

Do not let plants go into winter dry. One good last soaking before the ground freezes is beneficial, particularly on evergreens.

For the first couple of weeks, check plants daily for watering needs until you obtain a watering schedule. If soil is not moist, water slowly to attain deep-water penetration, which encourages widespread root development. Water plants in the morning hours to reduce diseases and evaporation of moisture. Avoid watering leaves.
Garden Pasta Salad

4 ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped

1 small yellow squash, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1 cup golden raisins

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1 inch pieces

1/3 cup olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

12 oz. linguine

1 cup shredded basil leaves

4 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

Combine tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, scallions, raisins and lemon zest in a large serving bowl. Toss the diced avocado with lemon juice in a bowl to prevent discoloration, then add the other vegetables along with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook for 10 minutes or until just tender. Drain well and toss, while still hot, with the vegetables and the basil. Sprinkle with goat cheese, if desired and serve immediately.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

July Hours:
Sunday - Thursday:
8 am - 5 pm
Friday & Saturday:
8 am - 6 pm
Closed July 4th
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