Month: October 2017

Full sales ahead: It’s time to shop

by Kristine George It is the most wonderful, albeit expensive season of the year. Another year has come and gone and here we are again, facing the busy, wonderful — and often budget busting — holiday season. The stores are already decorated and I have already received numerous mailings toting this year’s hot toys for 2017. While Black Friday generally marks the unofficial kickoff of the shopping season, the holiday sales begin earlier each season. Whether you plan to brave the Black Friday crowds or opt for some cyber shopping, there are some savings and shopping strategies to save you time and money this holiday season. Black Friday week: It used to be that the holiday shopping season kicked off with deep discounts on the Friday after Thanksgiving — and were followed up with sales that were still worthwhile but not nearly as lucrative as the sale that inspired everyone to get up early and brave the lines. With more shoppers starting their Santa lists earlier, stores are offering more sales — both online and at their brick and mortar locations — before one ounce of Thanksgiving turkey has even been eaten. Be sure to scope out the sales for stores you frequent — it may save you from fighting the crowds on Black Friday morning! What’s the key to knowing when to buy the gifts on your shopping...

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Winterberry preparing for winter show

by Ginny Rosenkranz Ilex verticillata, also known as winterberry, is a beautiful native holly whose leaves turn a soft yellow in the fall before it loses all its leaves in November to display a huge number of large, brilliant berries that shine in the garden for practically all winter long. This lovely holly thrives in full sun to partial shade in average to wet soils, similar to what is found in the non-tidal marshes and along the stream banks or any poorly drained soils. The female plants are able to bloom on new spring growth — so for the best and...

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Plants need water for dormancy

by Ken Morgan As the drought conditions continue, continue once-weekly soakings of all trees and shrubs. Remember, plants need 1 inch of rain weekly, especially now that they are preparing to go dormant. WEEK ONE 1. For all evergreens, camellias, rhododendron, azaleas, viburnum, and even roses, consider using Wilt-Pruf. This product will help seal in the moisture and help protect the plant from winter’s bitter drying winds, and protect the crown of newly planted shrubs when freezing and thawing cycles occur. One application will be enough for the winter season. WEEK TWO 1. Set your mower height to 2-2.5...

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