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    February 2018

    Even though there is still snow on the ground, spring will be here before you know it. You can ready for spring while saving money by scheduling the servicing of your rider mower in the month of February to receive free pickup and delivery of your mower.

     

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    Prune fruit trees and summer or fall blooming shrubs as soon as the weather lets you but wait until after flowering on early-flowering shrubs like forsythia, rhododendron, and lilacs.

     

    Old Fashioned Maple tree tapping

    Old Fashioned Maple tree tapping

    Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing, usually the second or third week of February. Last year the sap ran 3 weeks early.

     

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    Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.

    Transplanting seedlings

    Transplanting seedlings

    Test leftover garden seed for germination by placing 10 seeds between moist paper towel, keep seeds warm and moist in unsealed poly bag. If less than six seeds germinate, then fresh seed should be purchased. Onions and lettuce store only for 1 year.

    A natural way to control seedling damping off is control the fungus with No-Damp-off Milled Sphagnum Moss or Biofungicides.

    A “day” of 14 to 16 hours is best for growing most seedlings under lights.

    You can view or download a seed starting and transplanting schedule for the Ithaca area by clicking on the following link: Ithaca Seeding & Transplant Guide