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Denny's Tips for the Week

Freeze burn, freeze burn, freeze burn

Lawns looking a little grey on tips of
grass blades as the snow melted???

Yes, all lawns have a greyish cast. This was caused by very cold, freezing weather this month and then covered by the snow. If you haven’t given your lawn that last November feeding, there’s still time all of December. If we experience a week of warmer weather, your grass might grow a little more and then mow those grey blades away. Your lawn will look great for your little effort.

Winter- an Early Arrival If you look at a calendar you’ll see we are still about a month away from the start of winter. To most of us winter arrived last weekend. We have already had several inches of snow. We have also had temperatures well below the average for this time of the year. This may cause some of you to be concerned about the hardiness of your plants. The United States Department of Agriculture has a map designating temperature zones. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10- degree Fahrenheit zones. The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. You can see the map at http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Default.aspx .
On this map you will see that most of Ohio is in Zone 6a, where the average minimum winter temperature is -10 f to -5 f. Most of Kentucky is Zone 6b, where the average minimum winter temperature is -5 f to -0 f, a slight difference, but not significant. As you can see these temperatures are much colder than what we have seen so far this year. They are much colder than what we have seen in several winter seasons.

You must keep in mind the temperatures defining the zones are averages. The reality of this is that every season is different. To get these averages we have had mild winters where the temperatures don’t get anywhere near these. To offset these winters for the average, we have winters where the temperatures go below these averages. Colder than -10, that’s cold! We don’t like it and neither do some of the plants.

Temperatures below -10 do not mean all of the plants in our landscape are going to be damaged. Some will be more vulnerable than others. Many of the plants in our landscapes are hardy to much colder temperatures. This is why it is important to know what you are buying when you are adding plants to the landscape.

A wise landscape investment for our climate is to buy from a reputable company who know what plants work in our weather, who stand behind their work with plant guarantees. If you are doing a project yourself make sure you visit a company who employ certified nursery technicians, who can educate you on plant selection and plant placement. Also with the availability of plants through internet sources many of you may be attracted to plants simply from a pretty picture. This is a dangerous way to buy plants. If you choose to purchase plants this way the first thing you need to check in the plant information is the hardiness zone. If the number is higher than 6 you are taking a risk. Plants that come in from colder zones are hardier but you have to be careful here too. Plants from northern zones may struggle with our hot summers. The USDA also has a map for summer heat and plants are also rated by this map.

The best protection your plants can have when it gets really cold is snow. Snow creates a blanket that keeps the roots and stems below the snow at a constant, moderate temperature. The snow minimizes the vulnerability of the plant to the potential damaging temperatures above.
Gift Cards can be purchased for any amount and they never expire.
Stop in today and pick one up for that "hard to buy for" person on your list or you can give us a call at 513-984-8733
and order one over the phone.
It doesn't get any easier than that.
It's Beginning to look alot like
C
hristmas!!
Trees have arrived!
We will continue our weekly newsletter for four more weeks
and then it's nap time both for your lawn and landscape.
I'm going to join them until signs of spring 2015 start to appear.
Talk to you then. Have a restful winter.

11/27/14 Topics: Denny's Tip of the Week, Late Fall Planning, Questions and Answers, Some Do's Before Thanks, Yard ready for Winter
11/20/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Trees and Shrubs need Good Location, Future of our Large Trees, Snow and Ice in Landscapes, Maintenance Service We Provide
11/13/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Stinging Caterpillars, Sanitize It - Your Landscape That Is, Planting Bulbs
11/06/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, New Perennials for 2015, Treat Winter Weeds Now, Fall Tree Color, Putting the Yard to Bed, Final Lawn Tips for 2014
10/30/14 Topics: Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Bag It or Mulch It, Two Large Don't Do's, 2014 in Review of Bugs and Stuff, Creating a Winter Landscape
10/23/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week in Review, Comments, Grubs, Earthworms, Ohio Kudzu
10/16/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, More Deer Info, Crane Flies, Woolly Bears, Common Chickweed, Stink Bug Info

10/09/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Improved Tree Varieties, Gourds, Bulbs, Lawn Food, Twig Girdler
10/02/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Yard Color, Oh Deer, Oh Dear, Pumpkins, Palm Trees called Tomatoes, White Pine Yellowing, Annual Cicadas
09/25/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Bird's Nest Fungus, Synergistic Turf Practices, Along came a Spider, Wooly Bears, Bagworms
09/18/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Hummingbirds go Bye-Bye, Baldfaced Hornet, Galls and Food for Wasps, Insects invading Homes, Boxelder Bugs, Rose Slugs,
Fall Webworms
09/11/14 Topics: Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Return of the Monarch, Orbweaver Spider, Bagworm Damage, Powdery Mildew, Katydids
09/04/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, September Specials
08/28/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, September is Lawn Month
08/21/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Lawn Fertilization, Lawn Renovation, Apples and Tomatoes, Oh Deer Me, Some Great Summer Weather, Final word on Lawn Renovation
08/14/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Crabapple Diseases, Disease Report, Moist Chamber, Why are there Black Spots on my Siding, Squished Squash
08/07/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Something is Eating my Tree, Tomato Woes: Blister Beetles

07/31/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Baldfaced Hornet Nests, Magnolia Serpentine Leafminer Caterpillar
07/24/14 Topics: Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Dog-Day Cicada, Cicada Killers, Yellow Nutsedge, County Fair Schedules, Potter Wasps, Barn Owls and Pick your own Berries
07/17/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Sapsucker Damage, Too Many Pears?
07/10/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Asian Lady Bug & Yellow Poplar Weevil, Great Trees and Shrubs for Summer Color, Red Thread & Slime Mold, Tree Topping,
Black Knot on Prunus
07/03/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Lightening Bugs, Leaves of Three, Chicory Weed, Rose Slugs on Knock Out Roses, Spittle Bugs, Black Spot on Roses
06/19/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Trees, Snakes, Dog Ticks, Monitor for Bagworms, Pygmy Hummingbirds
06/12/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Myths & Mysteries of Mulch, Mushrooms, Squirrel Wars, Mosquitoes, 13Year Cicadas
06/05/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Keep Planting Color, Poison Ivy, Bagworms, Ants and Peonies, Red Thread
05/29/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, June Perennial Bloomers, June Shrub Bloomers, Termites & Petiole Borers, Coyotes, Dens and Pups
05/22/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Rules of Pruning, Buzz-Bumbling Beetles, Birds, Bats, Dragon Flies, Ground Bees, Bad Yard Habits to Avoid,
05/15/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week, Dr Jack Container Gardening, Wild Life around the House, Growing Strawberries
05/08/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week,  Plants of the Week, Made in the Shade Flowers, Grassology, Rose Slugs, Seedy Lawns, Dandelions
05/01/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Surviving the Winter, Mowing and Watering Tips
04/24/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week
04/17/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week
, Plants of the Week
04/10/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Plants of the Week
04/03/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Boxwood Problems, Ants Begin Activities, Some Moths Flying
03/27/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Optrol, Plants of the Week, Do's and Don't's
03/20/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Pruning, Cold Weather & Insect Kill, Firewood Pests Annoying
03/13/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Hydrangea, Living Screen
03/06/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Buy but Do Not Apply, Improved Landscapes, Weed Seed Killer, Dormant Winter Seeding, Winter Burn Damaged Plants
02/13/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, 3 Step Program, Knock Out Rose Special, Cheapest never Bestest, Cold Temp Report, Getting Garage Spring Ready, 3 Step Lawn Program, Epson Salt
01/30/14 Topics:
Denny's Tip of the Week, Tropicals have to sleep too, It is Too Early to Make Predictions, Chilly days of Winter

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