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.

 

 

“Better Living Through Research”

Tomorrow, our speaker is the accomplished Denise Ellsworth who is the Program Director of the Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education Department of Entomology Extension of the Ohio State University based at the OARDC in Wooster, Ohio. Not only will Denise emphasize...

Low, Low Temps!

The cold temperatures have finally arrived and are low enough to place northern Ohio into the former climate zone 5 instead of the official zone 6. Unfortunately, temperatures of -10º F and lower will result in the buds of evergreen azaleas being killed that are not...

Cold Snap!

This past week heavy snow and an accompanying cold snap is a reminder of what January is really like and maybe should be like. While the snow itself was not enough to place enough stress on the greenhouses the ensuing freezing rain and then rain made it necessary to...

Eye-Opening Experiences…

The nursery-greenhouse trade show in Baltimore was an eye-opener as growers from all over the country and Canada set up “set up shop” to display their product. Dwarf grafted conifers are quite a specialty item most notably produced in the State of Oregon where the...

Repairs Continue…

As the not-so-long winter rolls along, repairs to the facilities and cleaning continues. Soon the interior of the store will be fitted entirely with LED lights as we strive to cut electricity usage even more as more of the power used at the nursery is generated by...

What a Busy Winter!

With the abnormally warm weather, outdoor chores continue. However, thousands of now rooted cuttings of various annual flowers remain in what are called “plug” trays and are ready to be transplanted mostly into hanging baskets. Then we must take thousands more of...

Almost the New Year…

It’s almost the new year and the beginning of winter but even now we are planting trees. Some of our trees are still outside and dug into a fine gravel where they will overwinter so that it’s irrelevant whether they overwinter in the gravel or more naturally dug into...

Merry Christmas

With the first full day of winter, temperatures have been mild so far as we head into the depth of winter. At the nursery, our annual late fall weed killing has been finished to combat the invasive garlic mustard weed, sow thistles by the hundreds and the ever present...

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....

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