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Issue Twenty Eight
Bag Worms
Check your evergreens for Bagworms! 

Bagworms look like small pinecones and many people do not realize they have them until they see the damage.

Right now is a great time to check because they are not active. The easiest and best way to get rid of them is to hand pick the cocoon off of the tree or shrub and toss them into the trash. (Do not toss onto ground).

Bagworms prefer juniper, arborvitae, spruce, pine, and cedar but also can live on other trees and shrubs, including deciduous.

Heavy infestations over several years, especially when coupled with other stresses, can lead to plant death.
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Upcoming Events
Spring Sneak Peek
March 20, 21, 22

Spring starts Friday, March 20th, and we can’t wait for you to see what’s new at Wilson’s this year!

Please join us during this fun-filled weekend. We’ll have refreshments, workshops, door prizes and surprises!

Local Artisans and Crafters will be selling baked goods and craft items each day 11-3 pm.

Enjoy Free Refreshments and sample tasty treats as you browse!

Free gift to the first 50 people each day!

See What’ New This Year At Wilson’s! Check out our new plants, displays and fun products for 2015!

Sign Up For One Of Our Fun Workshops!
On Our Upcoming Events Page!
Easter Estravaganza
March 29th
1-3 pm

Bring the kids, grandkids, cousins, and friends. Open to all kids up to age 12. Have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, receive a goody bag, plant seeds, decorate an egg and make a butterfly.
Easter Bonnet Contest
March 29th
2 pm
Open to all ages!
Break out your Easter Bonnet and join the Easter Parade around the store. Prizes awarded for the Prettiest, the Biggest, and the Funniest.
Jelly Bean Jam
March 29th
2-3 pm
Enjoy musical entertainment for the whole family by Celeste & Friends.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

March Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 5 pm
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Go look out in your garden. Are the daffodils breaking dormancy? Here at the store they are. In the display gardens the Magnolia bloom buds (can you say that three times fast) are starting to swell, a sure sign that spring is less than two weeks away.

The ground is still too wet to plant anything, but there are tons of things to do in the garden. The first weeds are making their presence known. Pull them out now before they get to big and go to seed. Check out below for more March chores along with how to start your seeds.

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

Seed Starting
Now is the time to start seeds indoors in anticipation of spring planting. Here at Wilson's, we have everything you need, including the expertise to answer your questions and plenty of encouragement to help you succeed.
Choose Fresh seeds, packaged for the upcoming growing season for best results. We carry an excellent selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds including heirloom and organic types.
To start seeds indoors, purchase seed starter soil mix. Such as our Espoma Organic Seed Starter Mix or Fox Farm Light Warrior Mix. Regular “dirt” from outside does not work well for starting seeds inside and should definitely be avoided.
Place dampened starter soil in new plastic trays with drainage holes. (Another option is peat pots.)
Sprinkle seed lightly in rows on firmed down starter mix. Tiny seed may not need covering at all while larger seed should be covered no more than twice the thickness of the seed. Follow the instructions on the seed package if it is available.
Place the tray on an electric heating mat ensures the proper temperatures for good germination. This works great for starting almost any type of seed.
Covering the tray with a humidity dome ensures that the seed have enough moisture to germinate. Remove dome when the plants have emerged.
Grow lights or fluorescent lights placed a foot or so above the seed trays will give adequate light for germination. After the seedlings have two sets of leaves, many kinds can be set in direct sunlight for sturdier growth.
Plants can be transplanted to growing containers as soon as they can be handled. Seedlings need room to grow to produce sturdy healthy plants. Otherwise they will be thin and spindly and too weak to endure transplanting outside.
March To Do's
  • 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 STEP 1). 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.
Crabapple 'Prairiefire'
  • 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.
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