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September 2014 
Issue Nineteen
New For 2014!
Picea orientalis 'Firefly'
'Firefly' is a wonderful dwarf tree for today's smaller gardens and certainly will find a place in larger ones too.

A sport off of 'Skylands' that grows about one-third its rate. With good sun exposure retains its majestic golden color year round.

Who wouldn’t love to have a Firefly in their own garden?
Red Tag Sale!
Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Fruits, and Roses
are on sale from

10 - 40% off
(Regular Prices)

(Does not include Mums, Asters, or Kale)
Sale Ends
September 30th
Garden Mums
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8 Inch
5 or more $5.99
(Regular $7.99)

(Does not include Tricolor or Igloo Mums)
"Like" & "Share"
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'Like' and 'Share' for your chance to win a beautiful seasonal basket on our facebook page.

Winner will be posted September 6th.

Don't forget to check back to see if your a winner!
Ladies Nite Out!
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Ladies' Nite Out Tickets
September 18th


Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $20 or Buy 10 get 1 Free!

Bring some mad money and join us for an evening of fun at the
5th Annual Ladies’ Nite Out.

Door Prizes * Food * Fashion Show * Vendors * Raffle Drawings * Games * Wall of Wine * Silent Auction * Music * Goody Bags * Massages * and More!

Bring a food donation to benefit Hospice families during the holidays and spin the wheel to win a prize!

Tickets on sale now at Wilson’s Garden Center & Hospice of Central Ohio. Get your tickets early as this event sells out!

A portion of all Wilson’s Garden Center sales that evening benefit Hospice of Central Ohio.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

September Hours:
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

For more information about our store please
Visit Our Website
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Over the weekend we visited family in Michigan. My daughter was not happy the first night because it stormed. We were camping, and of course in the middle of the storm she had to go to the bathroom. Thankfully, between storms we were able to run to the bathroom. The next morning she tells me that she was holding her belly while running and that it protected her from getting hit by lightning and she is magical.

Labor Day is considered the unofficial start to Fall and, if you haven't noticed, leaves are starting to display some of their fall color.

Take advantage of the cooler weather to replace faded summer annuals with mums, asters, pansies and other gorgeous fall color.

This issue talks about cleaning bird houses, September chores, and re-blooming your Amaryllis.

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

Re-blooming Your Amarylis
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Amaryllis are a beautiful flower to keep the winter blues away. If you have one already it is time to think about starting the re-blooming process. In order for them to bloom again Amaryllis need to go through a "hibernation" period.

Around Labor Day, water less frequently to prepare the bulb for dormancy. Leaves may start to yellow. This is normal.

At the end of September, stop watering entirely, remove any dried or yellow foliage that pulls off easily (leave green leaves and yellow ones that won't come off easily), and bring the plant indoors. Later on as the rest of the leaves dry, cut them off.

Store it in a cool, dark spot, like a closet or basement. Temperatures need to be between 50-60 degrees F.

If you like, you can remove the bulb from the soil before you store it for it’s resting period. If done this way remove remaining foliage before storing.

To store, carefully lift the bulb out of the soil and brush off the soil. Store the bulb in a paper bag or a box with peat, sawdust or perlite.

Allow the pot, or the bulb to remain in the cool place — without watering for 6 to 8 weeks.

Watch your bulb, and when you see the tip of the new flower stalk, it’s time to prepare for the re-blooming amaryllis.

Move the bulb to a warmer location for three weeks. This encourages the leaves and stalk to develop simultaneously.

If you removed the bulb from the pot.  Repot the bulb in fresh soil (but not too deep) and place it in a sunny location.
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September Garden Chores
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Harvest remaining ripe vegetables; watermelons; apples, peaches, plums, pears, everbearing strawberries and raspberries, blueberries, grapes.

Harvest green tomatoes before a killing frost so that you can ripen them later.

Remove spent blooms on annual and perennial flowers.

Remove declining annuals and replace with fall mums, perennials, ornamental kale or cabbage, and pansies.

Pull vegetable plants when done bearing and add to the compost pile. Clean up gardens as you go.

Removal of dead plants decreases the possibility of over-wintering pests and diseases that will infect your garden next year.

Divide or transplant iris rhizomes, peony plants and most spring and summer blooming perennials.

Early September is a great time to establish or renovate lawns. If the season was hard on your lawn, prepare for reseeding or over-seeding at the beginning of this month. Make sure you can water your grass seeding until the grass has emerged and started to grow. Wilson’s has several free ‘how to’ sheets on these topics.
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Steps For Cleaning A Bird House
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Cleaning your bird houses is essential for good bird health and safety. Dirty bird houses can harbor rodents, insects, feather mites, fungus and bacteria that can spread disease to the birds.

Ideally, a bird house should be cleaned after all babies have grown and left the home.
  • Remove all old nesting material and scrape out any feces or clumped matter. This material should be disposed of in a plastic bag to prevent spreading any parasites it might harbor.
  • Scrub the house thoroughly with a weak bleach solution (one part chlorine bleach to nine parts warm water). Be sure to scrub all corners, the entrance hole and drainage and ventilation holes.
  • Rinse the house well in clean water for several minutes to remove all traces of bleach.
  • Dry the house thoroughly in full sun for at least several hours. This will break down any remaining chlorine and ensure there are no moist crevices for mold or mildew to grow.
  • Inspect the house for loose hinges, protruding nails or screws, prominent splinters and other hazards.
  • Clean the post or hook where the bird house is positioned to remove any lingering pests or bacteria from the area
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