Fall! A perfect time to garden!

24 Oct

Did you know that the fall season is a time for revitalization and growth for your lawn and plants? That means it’s the perfect time to get your yard cleaned up and primed for the upcoming spring and summer seasons here in Oakland County!

Here is a list of 15 tips to help you add color now and prepare for the seasons ahead.

1. Plant mums, sedum, aster, ornamental grasses, cool-weather pansies, and kale in the ground or in pots now. These plants will brighten your fall landscape and do well in the cooler weather.

2. Be sure to fertilize. Many spring and summer blooming plants, like Rhododendron and Hydrangea will need a boost now to ensure the reward of lovely, full blooms later.

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Hydrangea

3. Divide your overgrown plants to rejuvenate them. Peony bushes, Iris, lilies, daylilies, daisies, etc. can be dug up and split if they’ve gotten too large or seem like they aren’t performing as well. You can leave a portion of the root in the ground and transplant the rest of the root to another spot.

4. Plant trees, flowering shrubs and evergreens now to give them time to establish their root systems. Fall is actually a better time to do this than the spring and summer months.

5. Trim your perennials back when they are done blooming and starting to look a little lackluster to give them more energy for next year.

6. Plant bulbs for spring. You’ll find a plethora of colors in the bulb section. Choose from tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, alliums, anemones and more. Be sure to plant them in a sunny spot, with the root end pointing down, and add fertilizer.

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Tulip

7. Pull pesky weeds now to reduce the amount you’ll have popping up in the spring.

8. Add a one inch layer of mulch around trees, shrubs and in flower beds to give protection during the winter months.

9. Add compost to your garden soil to improve the fertility and health of the soil.

10. Dig up your delicate bulbs, like Dahlias, and store them for next year.

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Dahlia

11. Aerate your lawn to improve oxygen levels in the soil and help establish your root system.

12. Add seed to bare spots or your whole lawn to add growth for the spring.

13. Mulch leaves to give your lawn added nutrients and a richer soil, while recycling a natural resource.

14. Fertilize your lawn one last time before the winter months.

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A healthy Michigan lawn is the best!

15. One last thing, don’t forget to turn your hoses off in preparation for the winter!

Happy Fall Gardening in Oakland County!

Looking Back at the 2014 Brooksie Way

10 Oct

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I am pretty sure that the thousands of the runners in the seventh annual Brooksie Way half marathon, are glad that the race is behind them, and they don’t have to see any more hills until next year’s race. The course starts and ends at Meadow Brook on the campus of Oakland University and runners run along parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester.

The PlayOaklandCounty  team was present, scanning the QR codes on racers’ bibs to deliver real time results to the participants, answering people’s questions, and taking #BrooksieWay pictures for an #OaklandCounty Facebook album.

The event proceeds will be distributed as mini-grants to healthy living initiatives in the county by way of the Brooksie Way Mini-Grant program.

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Top Finishers:

Donald Richmond of Portland, Michigan completed the course in one hour and eleven minutes. Clarkston’s Shane Logan finished 2nd, a mear 24 seconds behind the leader. Seven other runners completed the course in less then 1:20 on a perfect day for running.

Top Finishers in 2014 Brooksie Way Half-Marathon

Male
1.  Donald Richmond – Portland
2.  Shane Logan- Clarkston
3.  Bryce Stroede- Rochester
4.  Leo Foley- Independence
5.  Michael Cox- Pinckney
6.  Mike Messina- Sterling Heights
7.  Ryan Beck- Royal Oak
8.  David De Steiger- Rochester
9.  Joshua Murphy- Kalamazoo
10.  Lee Shaw- Livonia

Female
1  Nicole Monette- Royal Oak
2  Amanda Wolski- Dearborn
3  Kim Sanner- Macomb
4  Amber Dermyre- Canton
5  Anne Lovelace- Rochester Hills
6  Renee Cholyway- Pontiac
7  Katie May- New Baltimore
8  Amy Corby- Rochester
9  Roxanne Carr- Troy
10  Erika Vallie- Macomb

Click here to see a complete list of race results.

Keep in touch all year long with The Brooksie Way on Facebook.

 

‘Not So Spooky’ Halloween Happenings & Fall Fun!

9 Oct

It’s the perfect time to get your little ones outdoors to enjoy the ‘not so spooky’ side of Halloween and fall fun! There are a TON of family activities for you and your little ones to enjoy through the month of October, in and around Oakland County. You’ll find all kinds of things to do from pony rides, corn mazes, hayrides, face painting, inflatables, petting zoos, straw mountains and the list goes on…and on!

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Here is our 2014 (not so spooky) list for Halloween & Fall fun.

Armada

Blake’s Barnyard Funland

Bloomfield Hills

Franklin Cider Mill

Bowers Farm Corn Maze

Commerce

Long Family Orchard

Dearborn

Halloween in Greenfield Village

Farmington Hills

Heritage Park – Hayrides

Fenton

Spicer Orchards and Cider Mill

Holly

Diehl’s Cider Mill

Oakhaven Farm

Leonard

Addison Oaks – Boo Bash Camping

Livonia

Wilson Barn

Milford

Kensington Metropark – Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides

Northville

Maybury Farm

Three Cedars Farm

Rochester

Yates Cider Mill

Romeo

Stony Creek Orchard & Cider Mill

Royal Oak

Detroit Zoo Boo

South Lyon

Erwin Orchards

Washington Twp.

Miller’s Big Red

Westview Orchards

Ypsilanti

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We hope you enjoy this fantastic fall season and all of the fabulous fun that comes with it!

Please be sure to check websites for times, pricing and specific activities.

 

 

On Stage: Fall Community Theatre (2014)

6 Oct
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At the Bistro Garden Two Muses Theatre

Falling leaves and cooling temperatures. Autumn is in the air. For many, this time of year brings thoughts of apple cider and Big 10 football.  But it also brings in the
Big Three in community theatre – Dramas, Comedies and Musicals!

Community theatre is great entertainment at affordable prices.

Here are a few of the current and upcoming productions:

Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield)
At the Bistro Garden
October 10-12, 17-19

The Farmington Players (Farmington)
Arsenic & Old Lace
October 4-5, 10-12, 16-18

Clarkston Village Players (Clarkston)
Mrs. Mannerly
October 9-11

Ridgedale Players (Troy)
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
November 7-9 , 15-17, 21-23 28-30)

JET Theatre (West Bloomfield)
Enter Laughing
October 22-23, 25-26 and 30,
November 1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 12-13, 15-16

Heart of the Hills Players
Cole
November 6-7 (at Troy Community Center)
November 19-22 (at Warren Community Center)

St. Dustan’s Guild at Cranbrook (Bloomfield)
Dial M for Murder
October 10-11, 17-19, 24-25

Stagecrafters (Royal Oak)
Main Stage: Tribes
October 10-12,16-19
Second Stage: Other Desert Cities
October 31, November 2, 6-9,13-16

Meadow Brook Theatre (Auburn Hills)
Around the World in 80 Days
October 1-5, 8-12, 15-19. 22-26

The Village Players (Birmingham)
Songs for a New World
October 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

Varner Studio Theatre @ Oakland University (Auburn Hills)
The Life
October 9-12, 15-19
The Liar
November 13-16, 20-23

Most performances are on weekends. You will need to check the theatres site for actual performance dates and times.

Get Ready to be FRIGHTENED!

3 Oct

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October has arrived and with it comes your favorite haunts! For those of you hardcore thrill-seekers that just love to be horrified, terrified and scared out of your minds, we have just what you’re looking for!

Here is your 2014 list of the scariest ‘Haunted Attractions’ in and around Oakland County. Check them out…if you dare!

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The 2014 Cider Mill List is Here!

26 Sep

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It’s Cider Mill season! That means the temperatures are near perfect, the air is crisp and the ever-changing rainbow of colors in our Oakland County landscape is beyond compare. Continue reading

Independence Oaks Beach Dog Swim

5 Sep

It’s hard to believe, but the summer of 2014 is coming to a close. It’s certainly been a busy summer, with plenty of fun family-friendly activities to do all across Oakland County. And what better way to wrap up summer than hittin’ the water one last time with man’s best friend?

Join Oakland County Parks & Recreation as they host a Camp Bow Wow Beach Dog Swim at Independence Oaks Beach on Saturday, September 13th, from noon until 3:55pm. This dog swim allows dogs of all sizes to celebrate the end of summer by splashing around and taking a dip with several of their fellow furry friends!

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