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Denny's Tips for the Week

Welcome to November, a month that technically is still fall. Before you put the lock on the tool shed, here are a few more small projects that will help your landscape’s future. The number one chore that you should accomplish is the last feeding of your lawn. This is the feeding that will benefit your lawn the most. November is the month where your lawn stays green, but slows down new blade growth to a crawl.
The vast majority of the lawn food will stimulate new root growth which will translate into a much thicker and greener lawn next spring. Use a lawn food that’s high in quick release nitrogen. Apply at the rate of 1 to 1 ½ pounds of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet. If you still want to aerate your lawn, do it anytime through December. It does not have to be done the day you feed your lawn but do it before the ground freezes.

How about some winter color?

Universal winter pansies should be planted soon so they have time to root into your soil before the ground freezes. You can plant solid or mixed colors. They will spot bloom on sunny winter days and be twice as big in late March as many of the same pansies planted in early spring. They are very cold hardy.

Do I still have time to plant trees and shrubs?

You not only have time to plant but do it at the best time of year on your wallet. The roots of newly transplanted trees and shrubs continue to grow well into January giving you established plants before their first spring at your home. A good supply and variety still exist at local nursery and garden stores. These plants will be greatly reduced as many of these plant outlets need space for Christmas greens and trees. Just be sure the store has knowledgeable people and a guarantee to cover the purchase price you are paying.

Most bulbs bloom best when planted in soil.

Still have some new bulbs in bags on the kitchen counter? Go ahead and plant even in December. If they have started to grow new leaves and roots, go ahead and plant them as is. They’ll be fine. Bulbs do not and should not be fed when first planted in fall. Feed all bulbs, new or old, as they finish blooming in the spring.

Throw a party for your Paperwhites

It’s that time of year: thousands of flower-bulb lovers will ‘force’ paperwhites inside so they can enjoy their blooms during the darkest days of the year. And thanks to an undergrad research project many of those bulb-forcers won’t have to stake, tie, or otherwise support the usually floppy paperwhites. With the help of one of his horticulture students, Erin Finan, Dr. Miller started running experiments. In brief, what they discovered is that stems will end up roughly a third shorter than normal if you take the following steps.

Start your bulbs in plain water. When roots have formed and the green shoot is 1 to 2 inches long, pour off the water and replace with a solution of 4 to 6 percent alcohol. If you are using 80 proof liquor (40 percent alcohol), that works out to one part gin (or the like) to 7 parts water.

Rubbing alcohol (either 70 or 100 percent isopropyl alcohol) can be substituted; just remember to dilute it more. Keep the beer and wine to yourself; their sugars damage plants.
Final Clearance Begins Wednesday October 15,2014
All Nursery Plants and Perennials are a minimum of 20% off
Some plants are up to 75% off
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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