Posts Tagged ‘ Weather ’

It feels like summer, then winter– What you can do in your garden now

April 15, 2014
It feels like summer, then winter– What you can do in your garden now

by Connie Oswald Stofko How do we know it’s spring in Western New York? One day it feels like summer and the next day it feels like winter. On Sunday I opened my doors and windows and it got up to 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the house. Today? Snow. Sigh. If I get nervous...
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It’s warmer out, but use restraint so you don’t compact your garden soil

April 8, 2014
It’s warmer out, but use restraint so you don’t compact your garden soil

by Connie Oswald Stofko We had a bit of warm sunshine this weekend and it was wonderful to do some outside chores. My husband raked the autumn leaves off the front lawn and I yanked a few early weeds from garden beds near a sidewalk. But there still isn’t a lot you can do...
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Flowers for outside right now? Pansies. More cool-weather flowers available next week

April 1, 2014
Flowers for outside right now? Pansies. More cool-weather flowers available next week

by Connie Oswald Stofko In other years you might have been able to work the soil and plant some cool-weather annuals in your flower beds at the beginning of April, but not this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “It’s  crazy,” he said.”It’s been...
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Winter has been bitter, but all that snow should help WNY gardens

March 3, 2014
Winter has been bitter, but all that snow should help WNY gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko This has been one bitterly cold winter. On the plus side, it has been snowy. You may think the cold and snow combine to create a double whammy, but when it comes to our gardens in Western New York, it would have been worse without the snow. “If you see...
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Think about your garden when you de-ice your sidewalk

December 2, 2013
Think about your garden when you de-ice your sidewalk

How can you make your sidewalk safe in icy weather while still protecting your garden? John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, shares some tips. First, instead of buying rock salt, look for products that are labelled plant or pet safe. These products use calcium chloride, which pose less risk...
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Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

November 12, 2013
Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

I got this question from a reader: I bought some perennials that I didn’t get a chance to plant: leopard’s bane, hardy aster, cone flowers and Munstead lavender.   It has already frosted once I believe. Is it to late too plant outside? If so, can I store them indoors in the same containers...
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With rainy weather, watch for slugs, plant diseases in Western New York

June 18, 2013
With rainy weather, watch for slugs, plant diseases in Western New York

With all this rain in Western New York, it looks more like April than June. John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, said some gardeners have water ponding in their yards, and yesterday he saw someone’s riding lawn mower stuck in the mud. We had a dry spring in Western...
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Spring is dry and summer may be worse– Water your trees

May 21, 2013
Spring is dry and summer may be worse– Water your trees

The arborvitaes above have been damaged by drought, but don’t wait until your trees look like that to take action. Our spring has been dry enough that you should already be watering your trees, especially young trees and old trees, said Jeremy P. Sayers, president of the Tree Doctor and a board-certified master arborist....
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Free plant material available from Plantasia, & more great news

March 5, 2013
Free plant material available from Plantasia, & more great news

Get free plant material by volunteering at Plantasia; sign up now The Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association (WNYSNLA) is seeking not-for-profit organizations to participate in a green exchange program. Plant material, such as annuals, trees, shrubs and mulch that is left over from Plantasia will be given to not-for-profit organizations in...
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Wild weather– Should we worry about our Buffalo gardens?

January 29, 2013
Wild weather– Should we worry about our Buffalo gardens?

Last week the temperatures were in the single digits. This week it may be in the 50s or even 60s. Should we Western New York gardeners be worried? “I’m probably more concerned that folks don’t have much snow cover,” said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. Snow is a...
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