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December Garden Tips

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

December Garden Tips

Working in your garden is an excellent escape during the holidays. It’s a great time of year to do some of the heavy work in the landscape as opposed to sweating it up in the heat of the summer.

Don’t put up the mower yet. Although turf grasses have stopped growing, you can use the mower to chop up and recycle the leaves back into the lawn or for a compost pile.

Prepare gas-powered engines for winter. The owner’s manual is the best guide to winterizing a lawn mower, tiller, garden tractor or other power equipment.

Drain and store garden hoses and watering equipment in a readily accessible location. Lawns and other plants may need an occasional watering during a prolonged dry spell.

In general, once the weather gets and stays cold, pruning of deciduous plants (ones that lose their leaves) can be safely done. Evergreen hedges can be sheared or cut back in the winter also. Wait until February to prune your roses. Remember – Do Not Top your Crapemyrtles! Simply prune to remove seed heads and shape.

Prepare for the cold weather before it hits! One of the best things you can do for your landscape plants is to provide a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch. Mulching is necessary year round but during the colder periods, it provides a layer of insulation for the roots. Water your landscape well before a cold spell. A drought-stressed plant is more susceptible to freeze damage. For more tender plants, purchase frost cloth for extra protection. Cover the plant completely allowing the edges to come all the way to the ground, utilizing the heat which radiates from the ground.

December is a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs so they can develop a strong root system for next Spring. Cool weather color such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Flowering Cabbage and Kale add splashes of color to your landscape. Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now once they have been properly chilled.

Make your home beautiful for the Holidays with a stunning assortment of floral quality Poinsettias, Cyclamen, freshest greenery and Christmas Trees. Add a mix of new indoor and tropical plants to energize your home décor.

Remember to provide food and water for the birds this winter. You can attract just as many birds with a bird bath as with food, especially during the dry spells. To draw a diversity of birds provide a variety of seeds, like sunflower, thistle, safflower, and millet; plus suet. Once you begin putting out bird food, continue feeding them through the springtime.

6th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree Shop Graham First

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
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Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping SpreeThe 6th Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree event is here! Have you heard of this great program called Holiday Shopping Spree right here in Graham?   Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Shop Graham First, Holiday Shopping Spree encourages patronage to local stores and businesses in Graham.  This year the contest runs November 4th through December 7th and has over $3,000 in prizes up for grabs, with LIVE, WEEKLY DRAWINGS.

J&N Feed & Seed is a participating retailer.  Stop by and pick up your Holiday Shopping Spree card today and start shopping in Graham!

Here’s how it works:

  • Each week, merchants will receive a new batch of color-coded cards.
  • For every $25 spent, the customer will receive a stamped card.
  • Each week’s cards are clearly marketed for the appropriate week.
  • contest starts over every week with a different colored card.

Shoppers are responsible for turning in cards to the Chamber of Commerce by 5 pm each Thursday of the contest period.

J&N Feed and Seed is a proud member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce and a proud participant of the 6th Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree. Questions? Contact the Graham Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

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