Archive for August, 2014

Weekly Special~Week of August 25

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August 25-30, 2014

10% off all Gator Products

Sand & Sealers

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Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Fall is for Planting!

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Most gardeners can’t wait until spring arrives so they can get outdoors and plant something. Good gardeners know that fall is an excellent time for planting trees, shrubs, bulbs, and for some essential lawn care.

Why Plant in the Fall?

As autumn arrives it’s time to think about spring. Although air temperatures are beginning to drop, soil temperatures remain warm – actually warmer than in the spring. This, along with traditionally higher rainfall in autumn, makes it a great time of year to plant. The moderate temperatures also mean that outdoor work is a rather pleasant task. Plus, planting now means there’s one less thing you’ll have to do next spring.

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Transplanting and planting are stressful to plants at any time of year. Fall’s cooler air temperatures mean transpiration is less (plants lose less water through their leaves). Trees and shrubs planted in the fall have the autumn months to develop their root system, giving them a head start in the spring. During the winter months they can acclimate, rest, and recover before the rush of spring growth.

Planting Annuals, Perennials and Bulbs

Of course, fall is the time for planting autumn standbys like pansies, mums, and frost-tolerant vegetables. Fall is also a good time to plant spring-blooming perennials. Fall is the only time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Plant several varieties with different bloom times and you can enjoy bulbs all throughout the spring season. Crocus, snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, anemone, allium, iris, frittilaria – the list is as long as the succession of blooms in store for you next year.

Fall Lawn and Garden Clean Up

Less fun perhaps, but just as important, is a good fall lawn and garden cleanup. Pick up debris, deadhead spent blooms, divide peonies and daylilies, dig up summer bulbs for storage, mulch, prune, and pull the last weeds of summer. Those weeds may look dead, but perennial weeds are merely going dormant.

Fall is an excellent time to step back and evaluate your lawn and garden (while it’s still green) to see what worked and what didn’t. Make notes and plan accordingly for next year’s garden.

-originally posted by Lowe’s

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Weekly Special-Week of August 18

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August 18-23, 2014

Bird Seed ~ Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!!

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Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Preparing for Cooler Temperatures

-by Aquascape

 IN THE FALL, temperatures begin to drop around the country. Being prepared for every different season Mother Nature throws our way helps us help our ponds cope with the changes. Learn how to manage your pond whether you live in a warmer southern climate or a chilly northern climate.

PONDERING IN THE NORTH

SUMMER IN MANY PARTS OF THE NORTH is just as warm as it is in the south. When fall comes knocking on our door, we usually welcome the crisp, cool air and beautiful fall foliage. Most however don’t welcome what follows fall … winter, snow, and cold! It’s the snow and cold that we need to prepare our ponds and fish for. What you do now, in the fall, will have an effect on the health and survival of your fish throughout the winter.

Leaves

When the leaves begin to fall and blow, cover the water’s surface with a net to catch them. The net discourages the debris build up on the pond bottom, which would otherwise decompose, create toxic gasses, and prove harmful to the fish during their hibernation period.

Pond Net

Fish

Watch for the 55°F mark. Before that time, avoid missing any fish feedings because the fish are in the process of packing on nutrition, and getting ready to hibernate. But when the temp starts to regularly dip below 55°F, it’s a sure sign to stop feeding your fish because their metabolisms have slowed down to a point that they can no longer handle the nutrition safely.

Plants

At this time, dying foliage of your aquatic plants should be removed. This helps to minimize debris build up on the pond bottom. If you have potted tropical aquatic plants that you want to save for next season, this is the time to remove them from the pond, and take them indoors for the winter.

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Weekly Special ~ Week of August 11

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August 11-16

10% off Ex-Cell Dog Food

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Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Upcoming Seminars for August 2014

Landscape Lighting Seminar

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Big Green Egg Demo

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Hardscape Seminar

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Know ‘n’ Grow Plant Workshop

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off
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