Posts Tagged ‘ Trees ’

Sales of tree seedlings under way; schools can get free trees

February 7, 2017
maple seeds on tree in Western New York

You can buy tree and shrub seedlings through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation or through various counties. There are deadlines to order. Seedlings are also available to schools free from the State DEC. State DEC More than 50 species of trees and shrubs will be available from the New York State...
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Grants available for Arbor Day & tree projects; urban tree of year is chestnut oak

February 7, 2017
street trees in autumn in Western New York by Stofko

Arbor Day grants Applications are due Feb. 28 for grants for small communities to have an Arbor Day tree-planting event and to establish a community- based forestry program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to communities or nonprofits that work in partnership with communities to celebrate Arbor Day 2017 by both planting...
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Choose the right plant to keep gardening fun; hear author at PLANT WNY event

January 24, 2017
blue hydrangea in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are hydrangea plants that have blue flowers only when planted in acidic soil. In neutral soil, the flowers are pink. That means that if you want blue flowers and your soil is neutral, you have to add a lot of acid to your soil to get the flower color...
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Take steps now to have great soil next year

October 25, 2016
oak leaf on pine needles

by Connie Oswald Stofko A couple of simple tests can tell you what steps you have to take to improve your soil– or let you know that you are already on the right track. There are three kinds of tests you might do, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara...
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Tour acres of gardens, get organic gardening tips during Lockport in Bloom

July 5, 2016
organic garden in Cambria NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko When some people go on a garden walk, they want to visit only the gardens that are clustered closely together. If you do that on Lockport in Bloom, you’ll miss this treasure. Jan and Craig Powley have seven acres of land– Three acres are horse pasture, and the horses provide...
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If you want to keep your plants healthy, water them properly now

June 28, 2016
hose slowly watering plant

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s been a dry spring in Western New York, and now that summer is officially here, well, it’s still dry. Gardeners I’ve talked to all say the same thing. Thunderstorms that were predicted passed right by. Even when we got rain, there wasn’t enough to help our gardens. While the...
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Shrubs & trees rescued from the trash find good homes in Lancaster

June 21, 2016
shrubs in garden in Lancaster NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s something you wouldn’t guess when you look at the garden island in the backyard of Ron and Kathleen Krebs on South Irwinwood, Lancaster. All of those shrubs and trees, including the large arborvitae on one end and the red twig dogwood on the other, were picked out of the...
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Want flowers? Think of smaller, compact shrubs

May 31, 2016
elderberry sambucus black lace

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you’re shopping for plants for your garden, don’t overlook shrubs. Many shrubs will give you lovely flowers, and there are smaller, more compact varieties of shrubs available that won’t overpower your yard, said Ray Crawley, store manager at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Drive Extension, Niagara Falls. First, let...
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Arbor Day: Blight-resistant American chestnut, tree tours, choose trees for your garden & more

April 5, 2016
leaves on American chestnut

by Connie Oswald Stofko Arbor Day is coming up on April 29, so let’s take some time to talk about trees. Find out about the progress toward saving the American chestnut, take tree tours, choose trees for your own landscape and more. Blight-resitant American chestnut Before the turn of the last century, the eastern...
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Shrubs included in Great Plant Sale pre-order; deadline is April 8

March 1, 2016

by Connie Oswald Stofko For the first time, shrubs will be offered for pre-order in the Great Plant Sale of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. In the past, some shrubs were available on the day of the sale, but this is the first time you can pre-order them. As always, wonderful perennials,...
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