ADD ART TO YOUR LANDSCAPE

Although we are two weeks later than average, Spring has finally arrived!  MagnoliasFT-41 and early bulbs are blooming, songbirds are singing and the grass is growing. Are you as ready as we are?  The nursery is stocked, the fountains are flowing, and the mulch is in the loading zone.  Visit and take a walk through the garden center for fresh ideas on turning your yard into a more beautiful landscape.

Although the foundation of a landscape consists of trees, shrub,s and perennials, the next dimension in a garden for a bold statement is ART.  Art can consist of statuary, fountains, bird baths, topiary, cast iron urns, glazed pottery, and much more! Spring is a great time to make the investment on a p2iece of art that will forever grace your landscape.  When placed into the garden, a statue or fountain will evolve with the seasons and transform your backyard into a sanctuary.

If you are interested in making the investment or already own a fountain or statue we are very close to being frost free and we can now take off winter coverings and prep them for spring. Careful for the last few frosts though as ice can damage concrete!  With regular but easy maintenance we can keep them in great condition for a long time to come.  With fountains, make sure to clean the pump and filter before running. Check for any signs of algae and clean with a mild soapy water solution using a soft bristle brush. If you find mineral deposits they can be removed1 with vinegar and a little elbow grease. Seasonal tasks for up keeping a healthy fountain include keeping the water level regular, checking weekly for debris clogging up the pump and change the water monthly.  With these tips, you should be able to enjoy the fountain until late autumn when it will need to be drained and covered up again for winter.

If a statue or fountain is for your garden, we have many pieces on display from some of the finest makers in the business.  We encourage you to visit us and discover what we have to offer, or visit our website for links to better ideas of our inventory.

HAPPY SPRING! – OAKLAND COLUMBUS

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Flowering Trees for Spring

After this long and brutal winter, most of us are ready to shed winter’s mantle and frolic among spring’s flowers.  There are many small and medium sized trees that can add flowering beauty to the landscape.

 One of the most sought after is crabapples.   They come in various sizes, shapeF002-18s, and flower color.  They can vary from the dwarf Sargent Crabapple with a height of 6’-8’ with white flowers to the large crabapples such as Prairie Fire Crabapple an 18’-20’ beauty with bright pink flowers.  Most crabapples produce a small berry that is not only eye-catching in the winter, but a great treat for the birds.  The great versatility of this tree insures that there is most likely one perfect for every yard.

 Another diverse group of trees is the Magnolia family.  They ranA193-20ge in flower time and shape from the shrubby white flowering Star Magnolia in the late spring to early summer bloomers such as Sweet Bay Magnolia.  This small tree grows with a generally upright form with medium sized fragrant flowers.  The foliage is dark green glossy upper leaf with a silver tint underneath, making it very attractive through the summer. In addition to these two, there are many magnolia varieties from which to choose.

If a native tree is on your wish list, three of the top choices are Serviceberry, Redbud, and Dogwood.  All can be found here in Central Ohio growing wild and all make up a fine showing in the spring.F171-25

 Serviceberries are generally a multi-stemmed small size tree of 20’-25’ at full height.  The very early spring flowers (one of the first trees to bloom) are white.  This member of the apple family is a four-season tree with flowers in the spring, attractive berry ripening in June (the other common native Juneberry), and attractive silver tinted bark in the winter.

Dogwoods are considered by many as the “Queen” of the spring flowering trees.  Spring to them means the beautiful layered branches of dogwoods in full bloom.  Like many Queens, this one too can be demanding.  Dogwoods need a moist, well-drained protected site shielded from extreme winds and the hot afternoon sun.  Planted in the right area, dogwoods, with a choice of red, pink, or white flowers, can make a visual impact that stands up to all other spring flowering trees.

 These are just a few of the many varieties of spring flowering trees we have available at Oakland Nurseries.  Stop by any of our four locations and consult with an Oakland Professional.  We will be happy to help you select the ideal flowering tree for your landscape.

   -Provided by Oakland Delaware

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Red Maples in the Landscape

Now is the perfect time of year for planting trees! We have many customers F269-06interested in planting shade trees, due in a large part to finding replacements for Ash trees as we continue to deal with the ramifications of the Emerald Ash Borer. Red maples make an excellent option here in central Ohio, and there are many varieties to choose from, which can be confusing and leads to our answering lots of questions concerning the differences in them. While they are all relatively similar, different varieties have been selected and cultivated by growers for their form and function in the landscape.

The Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is native to this area and the most dominant tree of the eastern United States. The main reason is they are so highly adaptable to different climate and soil situations, doing well in cool, swampy environments to very hot, dry areas and everything in between! They tolerate our climate and clay soils here exceedingly well, which can be cold and very wet in the early spring and hot with rock-hard soils in summer and early fall. They also tend to grow extremely quickly, which makes them highly desirable for creating shade in the landscape, as well as making an ideal replacement for an Ash Tree as it will very quickly fill in as a substitute. Most Red Maples are large, attaining heights of 40-70’ depending on variety, making them ideal shade trees. They also do well as “street trees” performing well in restrictive situations such as the lawn strip between the street and sidewalk, as the roots tend to grow down rather than superficial like some other maples and shade trees.

‘Red Sunset’ is one of the most popular varieties and makes an excellent choiceF144-24. It has a vibrant red fall color, which is a highly desirable characteristic of the species, as well as being extremely hardy and having an excellent growth rate, often 12-18” a year. ’October Glory’ is another popular variety known for its deep red fall color. While not as fast growing as ‘Red Sunset’ it does grow quickly and both will eventually get as tall as 60-75’. The variety ‘Burgundy Belle’ is becoming popular for its formal upright-oval crown and tolerance of harsh conditions. It has a brilliant orange-red fall color with gorgeous dark green foliage in the summer. ‘Somerset’ and ‘Sun Valley’ are both gaining popularity for being considered seedless as well as having a compact, formal growth habit (approximately 40’ tall, 20-30’ width).

Another group of Red Maples that are becoming very popular are the Freeman Maples (Acer x freemanii), resulting from a cross of Red Maple and Silver Maple (Acer SaccA186-02harinum) and having the best qualitiesfrom both. They are notable for their excellent red fall colors and exceptional growth rate, often 2’ or more of new growth per year, while maintaining a downward growing root system and strong branching. The most popular is ‘ Autumn Blaze’, which has a brilliant red fall color and is known for growing very quickly. Like most Freeman Maples it can attain a height of 50’ and spread of 40’, maintaining a gorgeous upright –oval habit. Another popular variety is ‘Sienna Glenn’, which is extremely hardy and produces very few, if any, seeds. ‘Armstrong’ is a variety cultivated for its upright columnar growth habit, making it an excellent choice for constricted areas in the landscape as well as bordering properties.

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SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS

Summer flowering bulbs bring the tropics to your yard.  Now is the time to start planning your tropical paradise.    To get a jump start, plant the bulbs indoors, so they will be big and lush when the warm weather rolls around.cannas

     Cannas bloom through out the summer with large red or green leaves and beautifulflowers in shades of red, orange, yellow and pink. They thrive in full sun with frequent watering.  Cannas can tower up to four feet or be as low as two feet.

     DDahliasahlia’s add a big splash of color.  There are many different colors and styles to choose from.  They love full sun and if potted like plenty of water.

     Gladiolus is one of the easiest bulbs to grow.  They come in such a wide range of colors you could plant a rainbow.  They make excellent cut flowers, and if you want a continuous parade of color, plant in gladstwo—week intervals.  A full sun location is the best spot for them.

     Lilies are also sun loving bulbs that come in many colors and heights.  Lilies make great cut flowers and some are very fragrant.

     If you don’t have full sun, there are bulbs like Caladiums, Begonias and Elephant Ears that can make a great tropical look.

          To start these bulbs indoors, fill your container that has a drainage hole with good potting soil.  Plant bulbs right side up at the appropriate level.  Choose a location in your house that gets good sun, but the temperature should not drop below 60 degrees F. Water sparingly until growth appears.  Transplant outside after danger of frost has passed.  Summer flowering bulbs need to be dug up before the frost and stored in a warm dry place.

     These bulbs work well planted in vases for a big splash.  They also do well in containers.

 -Provided by Oakland Dublin

 

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LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

Among the many facets in landscape design that we offer at Oakland Nursery, one you may not know about is 044incandescent and LED lighting packages. Until recently, LED lighting was almost completely unaffordable, but now, with energy efficiency on the forefront, this is no longer the case.

On average, LED lighting packages tend to be $750 more than an incandescent lighting package.  However, over time, savings through both maintenance and electricity make LED packages much more cost effective. LED bulbs use 70-85% less energy than normal incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs have a lifetime effectively 5-10x longer and LED bulbs come with a 5 year warranty from the manufacturer.  Heat displacement is also a major advantage for LED bulbs. LED bulbs operate at much lower temperatures, making them less likely (almost impossible) to cause mulch fires or warp lighting fixtures.  Incandescent bulbs operate at up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit; LED’s operate between 77-150 degrees.

So why should you use landscape lighting in your landscape at all? Here are five great reasons to do so:

1) Beautification. Landscape lighting can be used to accent architectural features in the

l040andscape, creating focal points and accentuating features.

2) Usability. Landscape lighting can extend the time you spend outdoors. Strategically placed around patios, seating and dining areas, lighting in the yard helps you bring the indoors out.

3) Create Safe Passage. By highlighting steps, thorny vegetation, and elevation changes, landscape lighting can assure that you and your guests can easily moveDSC_0067 around at night.

4) Security. Landscape lighting can often be used to deter potential intruders.

5) Value. Landscape lighting brings the overall property to life, gives a stunning first impression and can bring a real return of investment.

If you would like some more information or a free quote please contact the Irrigation & Lighting department at 614-268-3444 or email us at irrigation@oaklandnursery.com. Get ready to bring your family outdoors this summer with the beauty of lighting in your yard!

Provided by: Allison Miller

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Positively Perfect Plan for Spring Pots

   1 Decorative Container (Should have a drainage hole)

Soil

1 6-8” Forced Flowering Bulb (Hyacinths, Tulips, or Daffodils)

spring planting 2Pansies or Violas (numbers will vary depending on size of container)

~5-6 branches of Pussy Willow (add more or less to achieve desired look)

 Welcome Spring!

 It has been a long, cold winter, and we are ready for sunny days and warm breezes. Our winter-beaten yards are slowly coming to life with greening grass and the pretty pastels popping open from dormant bulbs below.Spring Planting

 One place to get a jump start on spring is your front porch.  Use color from forced bulbs to create a bright pop of life at your entry and wipe away all those winter grays. The bright pinks, purples, and yellows are sure to cheer, and are perfect for greeting you and your guests with their flowery smiles.

 Here’s a surefire recipe for early season color:

 First pick your container. We suggest a container 14” to 24” wide. Fill it ¾ of the way with soil. spring Container 1Remove the plastic container from the forced flowering bulb and place it in the center of your decorative container. Hyacinths are an excellent choice, as their great scent is friendly and welcoming. However, tulips and daffodils are beautiful as well and provide a bit more vertical height. 

 Next, remove pansies/violas from their nursery containers and place them all around the edge of the container completely circling the bulb. For a ‘full’ look, they can be planted close to each other, about 2” apart. (For this container project, we like to use two contrasting colors, such as pink and yellow to play off of each other—but a monochromatic color scheme will work well also!) Fill in soil as necessary to completely cover roots. Soil level should be 1/2” below the top of the container to allow for watering.spring planting 3

 Poke in the pussy willow branches in a circle between the bulbs and pansies/violas. Watering should be done twice weekly, but will vary to the amount of sun and temperature. Place container on your porch, entrance walkway and ENJOY SPRING!!

By Laura Planisek, Oakland Nursery Streetscapes

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Make Your Own: Terrariums and Fairy Gardens

Saturday, February 22nd, 10:00am to 11:30am

photo 4Feeling those winter blahs? Terrariums are a great way to bring low-maintenance greenery into your home….and with a few additions of woodland creatures and figurines, you can turn your terrarium into an enchanted fairy garden!

Join us for a create-your-own workshop and take home your very own terrarium or fairy garden. Learn the techniques and tools you’ll need to keep your terrarium happy and healthy. We’ll provide containers, soil, plants, and gravel. If you have a glass container between 8-10″ in diameter you would like to use, feel free to bring that; photo (2)we’ll also have additional plants and décor (fairies and figurines) available for purchase.

Kids ages 7 and older are welcome, as long as they bring mom, dad, or a guardian!

Tickets are $35 and space is limited!

Location: Oakland Nursery (Clintonville)

Education Center

1156 Oakland Park Ave.

For more info or to reserve your space, visit: http://terrariumsatoaklandnursery.eventbrite.com

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Bird Feeding!

Now that winter is here in full force, this is a good time to consider doing some birimagesXNMUKZ0Yd feeding to help out our feathered friends as those species of birds that do not migrate are searching for more food this time of year and have fewer food sources available. It is also very entertaining to watch them in action at your feeding station, and kids love it! It is a great way to bring a little more nature right to your window.

Feeding the birds can actually be quite simple, using just one or maybe two feeders. There are a few basic types to choose from, depending mostly on the types of birds you would like to attract. The most popular, and probably most practical, is the tube type of feeders, which have less waste as birds land on roosts and feed from ports in the sides of the tube. They are usually a bit harder for squirrels to get into as well as other untitledwildlife. They are usually hanging and should be set approximately 5 feet from the ground. There are different versions, the most popular  are sunflower seed tubes that will hold a mixture of larger and smaller seeds, attracting both larger and smaller birds. Also available are finch  and thistle tube  feeders that have smaller roosts and ports that encourage smaller birds to feed with less crowding out from larger birds. Aside from tube feeders, hopper feeders are also very popular.  These consist of a platform type of base with a relatively large hopper, usually transparent, which the feed is poured into and stored, spilling into the platform at the bottom, and birds can land and feed anywhere on the platform. It is designed for larger and smaller birds and a bird seed mixture of both larger and smaller seeds is usually best. They attract quite a few different types of birds and don’t need filled as often as tube feeders. The drawbacks are that larger birds could congregate in large enough numbers to crowd out some smaller birds, and it is easier for squirrels and other wildlife to get into. Also, if the bird seed is not consumed fast enough spoilage or even rotting can be a problem. Hopper feeders can be hung, but are usually mounted on a pole, again about 5 feet from the ground.images80V16MSR

Suet feeders are another great option. These are usually cage- like structures that hold suet, in either cakes or balls. Suet is comprised of bird seed held by a fatty substance, a component that provides a great source of stored energy to compliment the proteins and carbohydrates of the seed and is desired by birds this time of year as it allows them to go further between feedings in the colder weather. It is also a favorite of insect-eating birds that are lacking abundance of food sources this time of year.

Simagespecialty feeders are also available that will hold either smaller or larger bird seed types. These are excellent for placing in separate areas at your station or anywhere in your yard, as larger birds and wild life would be attracted to, and feed at, the larger bird seed feeders while the smaller birds would be attracted to the smaller bird seed feeders and not be crowded out.

We have a large selection of bird feeders and bird seed available this time of year and would be happy to help in your selections and answer any questions you may have. 

 -Provided by Oakland New Albany

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THE CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Christmas Cacti are a spectacular group of holiday houseplants that are desired by many. It can be quite intimidating to care for such a beautiful tropical plant. On the other hand, care for this plant is easier than you would think. With eye captivating colors –  such as shades of pink, red, purple, yellow, and white – the most difficult decision you make could possibly be just choosing which one to add to your home and care for many years to come. After your Christmas Cactus is home, it is important to find the right locaDSCF0005tion for your plant to grow. Unlike most cactus which need bright direct lighting, this particular plant prefers to stay out of the spot light you might say. Christmas Cactus grow best in dappled lighting, away from direct sunlight which can stunt growth and burn the leaves of the plant. This plant does not like heavy drafts, heat vents, fireplaces, or other sources of hot air. Your plant will grow best in temperatures ranging from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit which are easily maintained in normal housing conditions. Unlike true Cacti, this variety cannot tolerate completely dry soil. The soil should be evenly moist but not soggy for best growth. Actively growing plants should be given a general purpose water-soluble fertilizer two to four times a year. It is recommended that you stop fertilizing by October right before your cactus should start to bud. Only repot your plant every two to three years in early spring to keep your plant healthy and happy.

-Provided by Oakland Dublin

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Picking the Right Christmas Tree for You and Your Home

DSC05679  As we near Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about getting this year’s Christmas tree. Picking the right Christmas tree can be difficult and sometimes times very time consuming due to there being so many choice options. Whether you have had a fresh cut, live, or artificial tree in the past, I’m sure that you have noticed that there are pros and cons associated with any Christmas tree style you may decide to go with.

Fresh cut Christmas trees are very popular because they are not only affordable from 30-50 dollars for a 5-7 foot tree, but with proper care they can also last indoors for over a month. There are many different varieties of fresh cut Christmas trees and whether you prefer a long needle White Pine or you prefer to go with a short needle Frasier fir,  most people will agree that all fresh cut Christmas trees have a nice fragrance. With not only a nice fragrance they are easy to care for, and all you have to do is make a fresh cut a few hours before you put your tree in the tree stand. You can do this by cutting across the trunk about an inch so it is able to absorb water. Once the fresh cut is made, and the tree placed into the stand, you have to fill and keep the tree stand filled with water.  Fresh cut Christmas trees can absorb two pints to a gallon of water a day so be sure to fill the stand daily. 

If you don’t like the idea of cutting down a tree and using it just for Christmas, but you still want the fragrance or look of a real Christmas tree, you may like the idea of getting a live tree that you can plant in the ground afteDSC05681r Christmas. With this you will still get the fragrance of a live tree, but you won’t have to worry about disposing of it. Although live trees may cost a bit more at about 100 to 150 dollars for a 5-6 foot tree, they can be the most rewarding because you will have that tree for years to come. With getting a live tree you should know they do require a bit more work.  When getting a live tree, you should determine the location and dig the hole early in the month before the ground is frozen.  Also you need to acclimate the tree in a cool room or garage for 2-3 days before taking it inside and also repeating this before taking it back outside to plant it. The live trees can be in the house no longer than 10 days and when you water, be sure to just keep soil moist while avoiding it sitting in water.DSC05686

Sometimes having a live tree can be more work than you are able or willing to do so another option for you could be to get an artificial tree. Although these are the most expensive trees to get at about 200 dollars and up, they can also last the longest and require the least amount of care and clean up.  Also with an artificial tree most people would agree that the hardest and most undesirable part of choosing this option would be the lack of fragrance, assembling, fluffing, and storing the tree until the holidays.  Other than the few shortcomings an artificial tree may have you can still have a nice looking tree that will last you for many years to come.

So just remember no matter what style of Christmas tree you decide to go with (whether it is a cut, live, or artificial), you can’t go wrong.  With there being so many different varieties to choose from, finding the right one for you and your home may take some time. Maybe this will inspire you to try something new because you never know you, may like it more than the last!

-Provided by Oakland Columbus

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