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Its time to get a Christmas Tree, now how do you keep it looking fresh?

Caring for a live Christmas tree is easy, but requires a few specific steps. If you take these steps, you can make a Christmas tree last longer through the season.

Wrap the tree for the trip home

Most Christmas trees travel to their owner’s home on the top of a vehicle. The first step to keeping your Christmas tree fresh is to cover the tree as you go home in order to keep the wind from damaging it. We have you covered, we wrap all our trees in netting for their rides home.

 Recutting the stem on the Christmas tree

When caring for a live Christmas tree, remember a Christmas tree is essentially a giant cut flower. The vascular system that draws water up into the Christmas tree will have clogged. Cutting off just a ¼ inch of the bottom of the trunk will remove the clogs and open up the vascular system again. You can cut more off, if you need to for height reasons. We have you covered, we recut the bottoms of all our trees, including drilling holes for stands.

 Watering your Christmas tree

It is essential to know how to keep a Christmas tree fresh that once you cut the trunk, the cut has to stay moist. Make sure to fill the stand immediately after you get the tree home. But, if you forget, most trees will be ok if you fill the stand within 24 hours. But your Christmas tree will stay fresh longer if you fill it as soon as possible.

If you want to make a Christmas tree last longer, just use plain water. Studies have shown that plain water will work as well to keep a Christmas tree fresh as anything added to the water.

Check the Christmas tree stand twice a day as long as the tree is up. It is important that the stand stayed filled. A Christmas tree stand normally holds a rather small amount of water and a Christmas tree can quickly use up the water in the stand.

 Choose an appropriate location for your Christmas tree

Another important part of how to make a Christmas tree last longer is to choose a good location in your house. Place the tree away from heating vents or cold drafts. Constant heat or fluctuating temperatures can speed the drying out of a tree.

Also avoid placing the tree in direct, strong sunlight. The sunlight can also make the tree fade faster.

Best Bird Feed for Fall Feeding

Best Bird Feed for Fall Feeding

While many feeder birds will gravitate to a variety of food in the wild, once cool weather hits, those same birds will start looking for food that’s easy to get and packed with energy. That makes your bird feeders great for fall feeding — birds don’t have to scour the landscape to find it and you can control exactly what goes into it!

Select the right seed – The best for fall feeding are those that have a lot of protein and fat packed inside of each bite. With that in mind, sunflower seed, peanut hearts and safflower seed are the best option for most birds. For many species, especially finches, thistle seed is also a good option. If you opt to buy mixed seed, look for those with high percentages of sunflower seeds, nuts and safflower seeds inside.

Suet Cakes Deliver – With the right bird feeder, suet can be a valuable addition to your autumn bird-feeding efforts. This food is totally unlike bird seed – it’s rendered lard mixed with a number of other bird-friendly ingredients that is hardened into a cake-like wedge. Birds can then pick it apart to build up their own fat reserves. While many suet cakes can spoil in warm weather, they’re perfect for fall and winter feeding.

Give Them Peanut butter – The easiest DIY bird feeder of them all is always a big hit with birds! Simply spread peanut butter on to a pine cone and hang it on a tree branch. Your birds will happily dig out every last bit of that high-protein, high-fat sandwich spread.

More Ideas for Attracting Fall Feeder Birds

There is plenty more you can do to make your yard the perfect place for your visitors throughout the season.

Water – Having a supply of clean water for birds to use is a huge attractant. You can try a bird waterer or install a bird bath. Whichever you do, make sure to change the water frequently and take steps to keep it from freezing.

Ground feeding – Many bird species prefer to eat on the ground. Accommodate those birds by spreading a small amount of seed underneath your feeders.

Alternatives to ground feeding – Of course you don’t have to drop food directly on the ground. You can also pour seed on a deck, railing or other inviting space that will attract ground foragers.

Leaf raking & snow shoveling – Always try to keep the space under your feeder clear of anything that can hide seed that’s fallen to the ground. A pile of fallen leaves or a heap of snow can be the difference between a bird going hungry and a helpful meal.

Keep feeders clear – When snow, ice, sleet and rain hit your yard, take steps to keep the bird seed in your feeders dry. In snowy weather, brush any accumulations on your feeder off. During wet and icy weather, put a limited amount of seed in the feeder until the rough weather passes. Soggy or frozen food can keep birds away.

Stay clean – Remember, keep your feeders clean! All the activity at your feeders can also create a breeding ground for bird illnesses. A regular routine of feeder cleaning will really help them through the winter.

Nest boxes – The autumn is a great time to clean out bird houses and nest boxes of the bedding placed inside during the breeding season. Pull out all that material and scrub the inside with warm soapy water.

Need recommendations on bird feed or feeders, we’d be glad to help when you stop in!

Fresh veggies are here!

Despite the crazy summer weather we’ve been having, our Farmers Market is finally ready to open!

Stating this Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can get farm fresh produce from us at the store.

This week we will have at least the following: (hopefully more!)

  • Silver Queen and Bi Color corn
  • Indiana melons
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash

We are hoping to have tomatoes and green beans as well, but unsure as of now.  We will update the list once we know.

Now that the weather has calmed down (no more rain, please!) we hope to have more produce available for next week as well.

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