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6 more weeks to climatological spring!

The climatologically coldest week of the year follows the shortest day of the year by about a month. This is the coldest week of the year. The coldest record lows ever recorded were in this week, including -25 in Cincinnati in 1977. We have already gained daylight in the weeks since the shortest day of the year. We have another 6 weeks of climatological winter. Climatological spring begins March 1 when the average day length equals mid-October and the average temperature equals December 1.

Thanksgiving newsletter

It’s been a while since we’ve done a newsletter.  We have had a lot of changes this year which caused some distractions. Also, frankly, Constant Contact provides statistics to us about how many newsletters are opened and that has been disappointing.  That said, communication is important and we want to keep those lines open.

Recent, early, intense cold struck when trees and plants had not fully hardened off.  We may be seeing more winter damaged plants this winter.

It is still early.  The season is not done and we will continue to complete projects as conditions permit.

Feel free to contact us at any time, especially if you have landscape needs you need us to be aware of.




Thanksgiving message from the trees…

When I think of all the wonders of God’s magnificent creation, I am especially awed by the giant sequoia tree.  Read more here>>>

Proper summer watering of trees

Summer has an intriguing way of luring in longer days, sunnier skies, and vibrant landscapes. For many, summer is a calming retreat after enduring what felt like an endless winter. Naturally, with heat waves we feel inclined to water our trees regularly, but it’s easy to get carried away and over-water.  Read more here>>>

Lightning is natural fertilizer



Beneficial rain…for some

Yesterday, CVG had record rainfall of 2.21 inches with over 6 inches for June.  That’s a lot of rain.  However, look at the distribution.

Ohio: Current 1-Day Observed Precipitation Valid at 6/24/2014 1200 UTC - Created 6/25/14 0:16 UTC

This map is a little vague but it will suffice to say that it was a very thin strip and many missed out.  As of this morning I had 1.13 inches at Cheviot 0.9 SSE while Goshen reported 0.68 at midnight and Amelia reported no rain. It is very important to always remember that what matters is what fell in YOUR yard!


Ladybugs and other good guys (and gals!)


Ladybugs are good guys. Despite their nice name, they are predatory meat eaters and hence they feed on bugs which may harm your gardens. Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are why we prefer low and targeted pesticide use. We want to keep the good guys alive, including the pollinators!!!
“Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed
If I were tiny just like you
I’d creep among the flowers too!”

Maria Fleming — with Mylene Arpon.