Owens to host NWO Green Industry summer session PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:44
Area residents and business professionals within the landscape, garden center, tree care and turf industry interested in expanding their knowledge about horticulture are invited to attend the 2014 Northwest Ohio Green Industry summer session at Owens Community College on Aug. 6.
Presented by Owens Community College in conjunction with the Ohio State University Extension/ABE Center in Bowling Green, workshop will occur from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center. The event is open to the public.
The regional workshop will feature various presentations on insects and pesticides, tree and plant care, turf and landscape topics by industry professionals from OSU Extension, Owens Community College and keynote speaker Matthew Ross, continuing education coordinator at Longwood Garden.
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from three concurrent tracks of 12 different presentations on topics such as managing wildlife conflict in the landscape, integrating natives into your veggie garden, underutilized woody shrubs, and what's new in herbaceious perennials.
Fact and fiction about poison plants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:17
Poison Ivy. (Photos provided)
LAWRENCE, Kansas - With summer temperatures luring us outdoors, scientists with the Weed ScienceSociety of America (WSSA) say it's a great time for refresher course on poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac. All three thrive during summer months and are known to trigger highly irritating skin rashes that can last for many days.
"When you look at the thousands of people exposed each year and at the misery a rash can produce, poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac certainly rank among the most notorious weeds in the nation," says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., WSSA science policy director. 
All three belong to the Toxicodendron genus and produce irritating urushiol oils. When urushiol comes in contact with the skin of sensitive individuals, itching and watery blisters will follow.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 July 2014 01:56
Various ways to deal with poison plants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:08
Today there are several options for control of poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac - and more may be on the horizon.
Chemical treatment
One of the most effective is the use of herbicides. Two or more treatments may be needed, though, as the plants are very persistent. Spray spreading vines with products containing glyphosate, dicamba, 2,4-D or triclopyr, using tank mixtures of these products when possible.
When poison oak or poison ivy grows as a climbing vine, the same products can be used as a "cut stump" treatment. Cut the stem a few inches above ground and treat the stump with your herbicide to keep it from resprouting. Remember to always read and follow label directions before buying or using these products.
Mechanical treatment
Garden Club: 07-17-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:08
Haskins Town & Country
The annual July summer/picnic meeting of the Haskins Town & Country Garden Club was hosted this week by Karen Dauer.
In attendance were: Karen Dauer, Dorothy Cromley, Gloria Green, Danilda Lee, Cathy Nelson, Carole Rives, and Patsy Vogelsong.
After lunch the meeting included Nelson working with everyone filing spots to work at the Garden Club tables for the upcoming Wood County Fair.
Good gardeners adapt to changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:26
Lynne Mazur speaks on her stone wall garden in the backyard her residence in Bowling Green. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Good gardeners understand the need to be flexible and to be able to adapt to changes. Gardeners have to work with the conditions and surroundings and make adjustments as needed.
Lynne Mazur has done that with her Sheffield Drive backyard.
When she and husband Bob moved to the home, there was one tree in the backyard and a sand ridge which provided a natural border along the back of the property.
Mazur has transformed that space to what she calls a "very private area where we still feel like we're out in the country."
After they moved to the city, she heard tales of how the ridge of sand came to be. Years ago when the area was still farm fields, Mazur said the farmer who owned the land had built a fence in that area as a windbreak for the blowing sand.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:40
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