Let's talk Maple seeds, you know, those little helicopters that are falling to the ground by the millions. They will all germinate within one month of hitting the ground. You could be on the list of having one of the largest maple tree nursery around. If they land in your lawn and you have not treated the lawn with weed seed killer Prodiamine you could have maple seed germination in thin to bare areas of your lawn.
That is no big deal, as your lawn mower will cut the tree leaves of those baby trees off causing the roots to starve and die. BUT, what about all those flower and planting beds that you have? Any area that has no grass to mow is vunerable to new baby trees. All of those "off the lawn" areas should be treated with the seed killer Dimension so all the seeds that land will die as they try to germinate. This product will also keep other weed seeds from gerinating. This product is only a seed killer so it can be applied around and over the top of all your good plants. Apply again in late August and you will be weed seed protected through out the balance of this year's growing season.
So far, this month we've avoided the the big freeze threat, but the possibility still exists. The latest frost/freeze record for this area is May 31 and a few years ago we had a heavy snow on May 27th. I don't want to be a TV weather person and scare you but want you to be aware of cold possibilites. At Bloomin, we love to sell plants but even more important, we love seeing you successful so we can have a long relationship in your landscape together.
It's time to stop and smell the Lilacs with the cool spring....
Lilacs are just now showing their different colors and aromas. Common Lilacs love full sun and lots of room while the beautiful Dwarf Korean Lilacs can be kept shrub size through trimming and will tolerate light to medium shade. Stop in and see our Lilacs. Get a whiff of that wonderful aroma at the same time.
Be sure to treat your Knock Out Roses for rose slugs.
All annuals, you know those summer blooming flowers, are not created the same. The Blue Ribbon Blooms collection grown by Diefenbacher's Greenhouse in Colerain Township are among the finest grown in the midwest. Elmer takes great strides to use the healthiest plugs (small starter plants), the finest potting mix, and grown under sterile conditions that produce the best quality blooming plants out there in the flower market. Garden centers like ours and others in this market pay a lot more for these quality flowers than most, if not all, box stores. Their growers can't prepare their annual crop with the same quality that makes Blue Ribbon Blooms so good. Remember, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for.
First Shipment of Annuals Arrive ready to load up the Greenhouse
Please Don't Pick our Pockets!
I was a little taken back earlier this week when a senior citizen (his admission, not mine) got very upset because we did not tell him how to use the tree food spikes he claimed that he just bought from us. I stated to him that we Do Not recommend spikes or sell them. He did not like that answer and said "I'll never shop your store again". I said I was sorry to hear that but reminded him that we are not a public service giving info on products that are purchased from retailers who possess little to no information on what their employer sells. I don't expect a christmas card from him this year. One of my best slogans for our industry is:
"If you pick my brain, Please don't pick my pocket"
Remember, the courser the hardwood mulch, the better it stays in place and allows water and air through it. In fact before you buy any new mulch check out Pine Straw, we have quite a few beds of it in our Bloomin' Display Gardens.
Still not on the 3 Step Lawn Feeding program? Check out our lawn areas in that same display area at our Garden Centre.
What's the best plant to put in your office? Here are some that can clear your head and/or the air:
Areca Palm - Thanks to its huge fronds (which can reach 6 feet in height), it's especially effective at air filtering.
Peppermint - Sniffing mint can boost alertness - and suppress appetite.
English Ivy - Efficient at absorbing compounds that cause headaches.
Lemon Balm - The scent lifts moods and raises levels of norepinephrine.
Gardenia - It's like long-acting antidepressant, and can live 25 years.
Golden Pothos - This hardy vine reduces indoor ozone.
The warm weather has the grass finally growing. Make sure you start the season with a sharp blade. Lower the blade for the first cut to 2” to remove the winter damage from the edge of the grass blades. Then raise the blade to 3” for the rest of the season. Longer grass blades make a healthier lawn. Mowing the grass low does not decrease the need to frequently mow in the spring. If you use the 3 step program you’re going to be mowing often. Spring is when the November feeding starts working.
If you applied grass seed this winter and it hasn’t grown yet, it will. It’s be. If we don’t get timely rain be sure to keep the new seed moist.
Even though the temperatures hit 80 by mid-week the soil temperature is still below 60 degrees. Temperatures are going to take another dip for the weekend. There’s still time to apply the Prodiamine to the lawn and Dimension to the beds to stop weed seed from growing.
Temperatures warmed up to get the leaf and flower buds moving.
Cherry and Magnolia Trees are flowering, so are the Forsythia Shrubs.
Lilacs will be blooming soon.
You can start planting new perennials now as long as they are on the same schedule as the ones in the landscape. Stay away from perennials grown in the south or in greenhouses. These plants can be extremely vulnerable to frost.
Another perennial tip. Many garden centers offer perennials in smaller sizes like quart containers in the spring. These are smaller and less expensive than the one gallon plants. They are a great value now as they have time to mature before summer. If you have a tight budget you can fill your perennial garden much easier with smaller plants.