The greenhouse is a City Buffalo facility, located in a public park at the corner of Best and Fillmo
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is a notoriously challenging invasive tree to manage. Purdue Extension has just released a new fact sheet that not only provides information on identifying this tree and understanding its impacts, but also detailed best management guidance. Download the fact sheet athttps://extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-633-W.pdf
The Ohio State University also has an excellent factsheet on this species, available at https://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/sites/woodlands/files/d6/files/pubfiles/F_65_09_rev2013.pdf.
That would be our native ragweed species (Ambrosia spp), annuals that take advantage of open ground and eventually get out competed by dense, layered, perennial, native plant communities.
Goldenrods (Solidago, Oligoneuron) also have heavy, sticky pollen that is not wind pollinated (like ragweed) but insect pollinated -- and boy do those pollinators come to this most important group of plants.
Niagara Falls State Park is open 365 days a year, and it's always free to walk into the park and experience the Falls! Today, the park’s signature attraction, the majestic Niagara Falls, is the dramatic apex of the free- flowing waters of four of the Great Lakes into the Niagara River Gorge. But t...
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Hydrangeas (aka hortensia) act as natural pH indicators. Their flowers turn blue when the soil is acidic, and pink when the soil is alkaline.
Because of this, the Hydrangea is also known as the “Change Rose”
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In need of decorative shrubbery 🏡? Look no further! We have several species available, including these beautiful Winterberry Holly shrubs (Ilex verticillata). Winterberry Holly is perfect for home landscaping because of its beauty in every season. The main attraction is its bright red berries that add crimson contrast in a blanketed white winter landscape. Besides adding color to the landscape, the berries are eaten by many different types of birds in the winter when food can be scarce. 🐦
Keep stomping, says Julie Urban, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State—but “don't freak out.”
Gates Circle, c1915 - At the intersection of Chapin Parkway and Delaware and Lafayette Avenues, Gates Circle was a part of Frederick Law Olmsted's original parks and parkways system for the city. The sunken circular park was reconstructed in 1904 at the insistence and expense of Georgia B. Gates Pardee. Noted Buffalo architect E. B. Green was hired to redesign the space, into which he incorporated lights and a fountain previously displayed at the Pan-American Exposition of 1901.
It’s the middle of August and the magical migration time has begun!
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MULCH VOLCANOES! They are a bad and lazy landscaping practice that will cause potential damage and even death of your trees if continued to be used. Over mulching can suffocate roots, cause rot, encourage insect activity, and create girdling suffocating root growth. Mulch should be removed yearly and replaced with just a few inches of new mulch and should not be densely packed on the exposed root flare of the tree trunk. Check your trees and make sure they are not mulch volcanoed!
"These gardens are designed to attract bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, bats, and even hummingbirds. But why would you want these critters in your backyard? These animals perform the crucial ecosystem service of pollination–making it possible for our food and flowers to grow!"
This is the average timeline in the life of a monarch butterfly. Warmer temperatures speed up the developmental process, cooler temperatures slow down the process. (The monarchs that overwinter in Mexico live about 8 months.)
Following Stephanie Crockett’s recent departure from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy after an impressive 9-year tenure as Executive Director, the organization has begun its search for new leadership. This is an exciting opportunity to live and work in an Olmsted-rich city. Perhaps more than an...
Gates Circle - Buffalo, NY - At the intersection of Chapin Parkway and Delaware and Lafayette Avenues, Gates Circle was a part of Frederick Law Olmsted's original parks and parkways system for the city. The sunken circular park was reconstructed in 1904 at the insistence and expense of Georgia B. Gates Pardee. Noted Buffalo architect E. B. Green was hired to redesign the space, into which he incorporated lights and a fountain previously displayed at the Pan-American Exposition of 1901.
How to fight the box tree moth.
How to fight the box tree moth.
Learn from my mistakes – always, always survey your working area before packing it in for the day. Or else…this will happen: Yup, gardening tools left outside to weather the elements will soon look…
Plant these native flowers along with milkweed to help support Monarchs. Find seeds here: https://tinyurl.com/NativeFlowers
Shakespeare in Delaware Park's free performances will return for the 48th season this summer. The season will include a touring show and two main-stage productions.
Since the fishing opener is upon us, we have earthworms on our minds! Some of you may have seen this information before, but lots of folks are surprised to learn that earthworms are an invasive species here in Minnesota and surrounding states.
As gardeners, we often hear about how great worms are for the soil, increasing air circulation, water infiltration, and adding fertilizer. While the benefits of worms in an agricultural setting have been well documented, worms in North America have a downside.
Unless you live in the southeast or parts of the Pacific Northwest, your region has no native worms. Vast regions of the continent have evolved without worms present, which has left a considerable legacy on the soils as well as the plant species that rely on them.
That's right, worms are bad for our native plants! Their burrowing activity mixes organic and mineral soil layers and allows for greater infiltration of water. This leaches valuable nutrients from the soil that plants, especially forest herbs, desperately require. It also increases runoff and erosion. Worm f***s, or casts, speed up microbial activity as well, which eats up vital stores of nitrogen in the organic soil layers. The loss of carbon from areas where worms have invaded has been likened to a complete functional loss of the forest floor. Worms have also been shown to eat vast quantities of small seeds, especially those of our dwindling orchid species.
The US has no restrictions on the import of worms, and new invasions are happening every year. Research has shown that epicenters of worm invasions are significantly correlated with roads and fishable streams. The Minnesota DNR advises that the best way to slow the spread of worms into new areas is to not release them. Worms are very slow to expand their populations, often moving less than 5 meters a year. Since humans are the most considerable vectors for worm movement, if we use the proper methods to discard worms used for bait, or composting, we can slow their spread across this continent.
*Please visit this link to read more articles about invasive earthworms.
What is the best thing to do with grass clippings?
Use them as mulch! They’re one of the best free sources of mulch out there. It will help retain moisture and build up your soil.
Spread out, the grass clippings decompose in a few weeks. In a pile, they’ll break down over the course of a few months. They’re a great addition to compost piles for this reason.
As a soil conditioner. They’ll add a little bit of phosphorus and potassium to the soil, with higher amounts of nitrogen.
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