Beautification Committee offering special rate for “Reflections of Life” display
In celebration of the holiday season, the Ocean City Beautification Committee is presenting a special offer to the public for the committee’s Reflections of Life project. The project provides a distinctive means of recording important events and interests in the lives of individuals, their loved ones and businesses by placing a gift of a bronze, silver or gold leaf or stepping stone on the impressive “Reflections of Life” bronze tree sculpture mounted inside the lobby entrance of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.
The Beautification Committee special, which runs from Veteran’s Day, November 11, until December 28, features leaves at 50 percent off the normal price. For the remainder of the holiday season, you can order gold leaves for $250, instead of $500; silver leaves, regularly $350, are now $175 and bronze leaves, $250, are $125.
Tax-deductible donation forms are available at two locations in the convention center, at the project site near the main entrance and in the visitor center, along with Northside Park, 125th Street bayside. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Ocean City.
The Ocean City Beautification Committee has organized the project to raise funds for the purchase, installation and landscaping of a custom water feature to be installed at the convention center. For more information, call Toni Wagner at 410-250-0892 or Donna Greenwood at 410.289.7060.
NOVEMBER GARDENING TIPS
by: Julie Golightly, CPH
Recreation & Parks Horticulturist/Landscape Crew Leader
Leaves that fall on the lawn can be shredded with a lawn mower and left to decompose naturally if less than 1” depth
Weeds can still be controlled if temperatures stay in the 60’s
Nursery stock (container or balled and burlapped) deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted until the ground freezes
Fertilize newly planted and young trees and shrubs
Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead and/or diseased branches and make any necessary cosmetic cuts. Wait until dormancy to perform corrective and other cosmetic pruning. Do not prune spring flowering shrubs!
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
There is still time to plant spring flowering bulbs
Begin cutting back dead flower stalks to the ground to clean up gardens…or leave for birds and other wildlife to enjoy the seed heads
Cut back any dead or decaying pond plants and remove leaves. Decomposing matter can produce harmful gases and deplete oxygen for pond fish
Stop feeding fish if water temperatures drop below 50º. Fish can not properly metabolize food at these temperatures and can hurt and/or kill fish
Vegetable and Herb Gardening
This is a good time to incorporate organic matter into your vegetable garden
Cool-season greens that have already germinated can be protected with a cold frame or floating row cover. Be sure to vent on sunny, warm days!
Root vegetables can be over-wintered by covering the plants with a deep straw or leaf mulch. Pull as needed
Herbs brought indoors should be placed in strong direct sunlight and kept away from drafts. Remove dead and weak herb plants from the garden. Store dried herbs in a cool, dark location
Soil, Mulch, and Water
- Do not begin to mulch perennials until after the first hard freeze. This will help keep the soil cold to prevent freezing and thawing extremes that result in heaving
Keep transplants and newly planted trees, shrubs, and herbaceous ornamentals watered during dry periods until the ground freezes
Josie Argentino has won a few Beautification Awards in the past. We only give these awards once a year and we judge them in July. There are lots of properties that look beautiful year round. This is just one of them. We invite you to take a walk and appreciate the work that is done by our citizens.