Less than a Week Left to Buy Your Winning Dreamscape Raffle Ticket!

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student

Keep Akron Beautiful is counting down the days to draw the winning raffle tickets on June 5, 2014 and we want to see your name on the winning ticket! This means you have six days left to buy your 2014 ticket!


Need a reminder of what’s at stake? A complete landscape transformation that will take place the week of August 4-8. The winner will have until the end of June to meet with this year’s landscape designer and project managers, Craig Graf and Lisa Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center & Landscape Design, to create their plan! Three other lucky entrants could win prizes like 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, LTD, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens and a basket of gardening supplies, courtesy of Graf Growers.The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Alexander Park on West Market Street.

By participating in the Dreamscape Raffle, you’re not only giving your backyard a chance for beautification, you’re giving all of Akron a beautification opportunity too! The Dreamscape Raffle funds Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscapes on 34 public sites citywide!

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Tickets can be purchased online or via a mail-in order form downloaded from www.keepakronbeautiful.org, at the agency office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or the following locations: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzells Flower & Garden Center, Inc. Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, and Suncrest Gardens.

Along with the vendors listed above, the 2014 Dreamscape Raffle  also has the following Vendor Partners offering goods and services for the landscape makeover: Advanced Arboriculture, Belgard® Sales, Cascade Lighting, Circle K, Earth Fare Fairlawn, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc., Gates Landscaping Co., KB BioEnergy, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Tim’s Custom Electric, Tucker Supply, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.

Make sure you buy your ticket today so your name can be on the winning ticket!


What’s Changed With Recycling?

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student

With the continuing growth of recycling, requirements have changed in order to make it easier on the recycling plants.

As of December of 2013 the city of Akron has made some changes to the recycling process. One of the biggest changes is that they no longer want the recyclables to be placed in clear or blue plastic bags inside the bins, now the materials can be placed loosely in the bin and simply rolled to the curb. This change came about because plastic bags make the process more difficult on the plant. Workers must open and remove the bags from cans, and the bags can clog the machinery and momentarily stop the recycling process.

In addition to no longer wanting recyclables bagged here are other changes and reminders for Akron residents who use curbside recycling in a list of do’s & don’ts:

Do recycle:

  • Milk, juice, broth, soup and other food and beverage cartons after rinsing them out and flattening the cartons
  • Plastics No. 1 through No. 7
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Aluminum and metal cans, glass bottles and jars, labels can remain on the containers
  • Non-shredded paper products including newspapers, office/school papers, junk mail, phone books, cereal boxes, and tissue boxesNo_Sign_with_new_items_5_30_12

Don’t recycle:

  • Styrofoam
  • Bottle caps and lids
  • Aluminum foil
  • Food waste
  • Leaves, grass clippings or brush
  • Light bulbs
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Aerosol cans
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tarps
  • Tissues/ Napkins
  • Campaign signs
  • Electronic waste
  • Medical waste
  • Ceramics
  • Wood

If you don’t and would like to begin participating in the recycling program call 3-1-1 from any landline within the city or 330-375-2311 from any telephone to request a recycling bin!

Remember curb service customers who participate in recycling recieve a $2.50 discount per month and pay $19 compared to the $21.50 charged to customers who do not recycle. Make sure to start recycling today to not only save yourself money but help save the environment!



The Problem with Impatiens

By Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student

Remember Downy Mildew? The disease that crippled impatiens last year? Well it is still prevalent this year.

Downy Mildew is a selective strain that only affects impatiens “walleriana”, traditional impatiens, and double impatiens. New Guinea Impatiens and Sunpatiens are not susceptible to this disease. This is quite the disappointment for all of the shade gardeners out there. This disease is carried through both water and air born spores that travel through water droplets in the air. Colder temperatures will not kill the spores, and it is currently not cost effective to treat in the landscape. Downy Mildew was first seen in Akron in August of last year after a few rainy days. It first became problematic in Europe before spreading to both coasts of the United States.

Symptoms of Downy Mildew: 

  • White to gray fuzz on the undersides of leaves
  • Yellowish curled leaves that defoliate
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The disease has advanced so much in this community it is not a question of if your impatiens are going to get it, but when. It is recommended not to plant impatiens for a period of years unless researchers find a solution.


There are Alternatives for Shade Gardeners!

New Guinea Impatiens and SunPatiens are a colorful option for beds or containers in partial shade. Begonias in shades of red, pink or white are easy to grow and bloom all summer. When looking for flowers for containers there are many varieties of begonias including Reiger Begonias with rose form flowers and Dragon Wing Begonias in shades of red and pink. New begonias with larger leaves, taller and bigger flowers called ‘Big BronzeLeaf Rose or Big Green Leaf Red. Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ with an airy white flower is a great filler. The colorful foliage of caladiums and coleus are another alternative for the shade garden!


New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens





Dragon Wing Begonia










Make sure to check out these and other shade alternatives for your garden this summer! Don’t let Downy Mildew affect you!

It’s the Season of…

By Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student

Although fresh fruits and vegetables can be frozen and enjoyed anytime of the year, there is nothing like eating a fresh fruit or vegetable that is in season.

There are some fruits and vegetables that are commonly known as summer products and winter products, while others are sold year round and do not always taste the best because they are not in season. In order to get the most out of your produce it is important to know what products are in season at what time!

May: Apricots, asparagus, avocados, basil, green beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, citrus fruits, collards, corn, cucumber, dates, eggplant, figs, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard, nectarines, okra, onions, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peas, plums, potatoes, raspberries, squash (summer) , strawberries, tomatoes, turnips

June: Apricots, avocados, cherries, asparagus, basil, green beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, citrus fruits, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, mustard, nectarines, okra, onions, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, raspberries, spinach, squash (summer), strawberries, tomatoes, turnips

Make sure to get to your local store and/or farmers market to get the produce that is in season to get the best flavors!