Tips for dealing with deer in your garden/yard PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:58
Today, the deer population in the US is roughly 29 million across the county. Some states, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio and Illinois, have seen dramatic population increases, particularly during the past 10 years. Every state east of the Rocky Mountains has experienced a large increase in herd size. Deer overpopulation has proven to be disastrous in many areas of the country, devastating forestland, and moving deer into our own backyards.
The amount of food eaten daily by a deer depends upon the sex and body weight of the animal as well as the season. A buck ranging in size from 125 to 250 pounds requires 4,000 to 6,000 calories, which can usually be obtained from four to 10 pounds of forage. A lactating doe requires 4,500 calories daily. As a general rule, deer consume about three percent of their body weight in forage each day. This may seem like a small amount, but when taken as buds, leaves, tender shoots and flower parts, the impact on horticultural and garden plants is devastating.
Deer Control theories begin with keeping them away from your plants.
Butterfly bush a popular feature PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:29
This large butterfly bush thrives at the home of Preacher Dan and Bonnie Horner in the Ashbury Hills subdivision of Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
One of the most popular plants which is easy to grow and has a benefit of attracting butterflies is aptly named the butterfly bush.
The butterfly bush is a large, arching shrub that produces masses of flowers in midsummer to fall. Flower colors include blue, pink, red, violet, yellow, and white, and the shrub grows five- to 10-foot tall and wide, depending on the variety. Butterfly bushes grow well in shrub or perennial borders, and the fragrant flowers can be used for cutting.
Some are known to grow as high as 16-feet. Though considered a shrub, there are those which qualify as trees, which have been known to reach a towering height of 98 feet.
The genus for most butterly bushes is Buddleia davidii, which generally max out at a 12-foot height. There are many cultivars and exact plant characteristics will vary. Growing conditions will also have an impact on the plant's mature size.
Ideal conditions include full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:38
Foley earns national 'Educator of Year' PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:25
Owens Associate Professor of Science Chris Foley (left) provides instruction to one of his classes. (Photo courtesy of Owens Community College)
Owens Community College Associate Professor of Science Chris Foley has been chosen by the Professional Landcare Network Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) to receive the prestigious 2012 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for exemplary contributions and dedication to students and green industry education.
The Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, developed by the PLANET AEF in cooperation with the PLANET Accreditation Committee, recognizes professors who have made significant contributions to green industry education. Educators nominated for this award are recognized for devoting time, energy and enthusiasm to their programs and to the education of future leaders of the industry.
"I am honored to be mentioned with the previous Educator of the Year recipients and grateful for the amount of effort that my current students, alumni and faculty members put into the application  process," said Foley, a Swanton resident. "It is always nice to be recognized for your efforts. It is important to me that students find their passion like I have. Thank you PLANET for acknowledging educators in the green industry."
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:29
Garden Briefs: 06-28-12 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:25
Daylily garden open for tours
WESTON - Church's Birdland Daylilies is again open for tours. Due to the early and warm spring, the daylilies are in full bloom. Jack Church says they have more than 1,000 registered daylily cultivars including 40 of their own hybrids.
Groups or singles are welcome to the free tours by appointment now through July.
The garden is located at 15201 Van Tassel Road, Weston. To set a time, call (419) 669-2869 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Simpson Garden Park's summer look PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:02
Chris Gajewicz with his ‘fedge’ featuring willow at Simpson Garden Park (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The great variety and changing seasons assures no two visits to Simpson Garden Park will be the same.
Now that summer has officially arrived, visitors who have not been to the park recently, may want to see some of the new items which can be found throughout the park.
Among those items are an assortment of plants, called crinum lily. They are an experimental gift to the park from Jenks Farmer who operates Lush Life Nursery in Columbia, S.C.
The plant is normally not found this far north as it is not considered ideal for this zone.
Farmer is a friend of Chris Gajewicz, the natural resources coordinator with the City of Bowling Green.
Gajewicz says they are also called a southern gentleman's flower as well as cemetery lilies.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:55
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