Weekly Blog

Stay connected to the nursery, our employees and day-to-day operations of the business with our weekly blogs written by Tom Dayton himself! Check back weekly for new updates.

 

 

The Work Never Ends…

As the season starts to wind down, the nursery greenhouse work seems to never end. Repairs and maintenance go on to be sure that the equipment and infrastructure are ready to hold up to the mayhem of another not-to-distant spring. Inside the greenhouse, soon shipments...

Cut Tree Shortage…

Tree sales of Fraser Fir have been brisk resulting in a shortage of our cut trees early in the season. We have supplemented our cut trees by freshly cutting some local Canaan Fir that are quite similar to Fraser fir as far as branching, color and needle retention....

Chores and more chores

Last Friday, a break in the cold, wet weather created a window to perform must-to-do chores. One such important duty is to spray the rhododendrons and azaleas with a solution of Deer Stopper which includes a solution of putrefied eggs with the nasty smell tempered...

Weather is always a factor…

Weather is a factor in many businesses and especially the plant business as far as sales and work that must be accomplished. Constant rain has made it miserable to collect branches for grave blankets as we struggle to carry them from the field to our truck on more...

The Christmas Season is Near…

The construction of grave blankets is full steam ahead as we have discovered and cut Colorado blue spruce branches all day on Monday. The branches are of such good quality that it enables the speed up of production. Many scotch pine pillow and blanket forms are all...

Grave Blanket Construction

The storage of nursery stock is complete and the next step is mice control. The second day the traps were set at least 20 mice were killed. Unfortunately the mouse population may be destructive to stock as it was 3 years ago when an entire house of plants had to be...

Putting Some Plants to Bed

Tuesday became our best covering day for the overwintering quonset style houses at the nursery as a dry day and low wind speeds made for ideal conditions. Wind speeds exceeding 5 miles per hour make it difficult to manage the huge sheets of white plastic that act like...

Planting 4,000 bulbs

With the colder and wetter than normal weather, we’re placing the small trees and shrubs into winter storage. There are still many trees on display and any stock put away can still be accessed easily for customers. Flower bulb planting is still going on as we are...

From Summer to Winter…

As far as the weather is concerned, it looks as though this fall will be known from going from summer approaching winter. The abrupt change in temperature with some frosty nights is putting to “bed” plants is a process known as hardening off in which moisture and...

About to Get Frosty…

As we approach the weekend, there is a possibility of frost in the air. The first frost in northern Ohio though is around October 10th and conversely the last frost date is about May 30th or the traditional Decoration Day. Since the production of the vegetable garden...

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