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Treecycle Your Christmas Tree

Just weeks ago you picked the perfect Christmas tree, and it doesn't have to go to waste. To us, the outcome is not only sustainable, but a fitting way to complete the cycle for this truest symbol of Christmas.

Treecycling is the practice of recycling Christmas trees in order to extend their usability. Common practices include chipping trees for use as mulch in community areas, erosion protection in fragile areas such as river deltas, underwater habitat creation and shoreline stabilization.

Did you know that just because your tree gets picked up curbside, that doesn’t guarantee that it will be recycled?

Depending on where you live and which method you use, the process of recycling your Christmas tree after the holidays may not seem so cut and dry. By taking the guess work out of treecycling, you can be confident that your tree will be repurposed rather than end up in a landfill.

The first thing you need to do is establish your best treecycling option. Earth911 has compiled the largest, most comprehensive treecycling database in the U.S. making it easier than ever to find your treecycling solution. The directory offers thousands of events across the country. By simply entering your zip code, you can find all of your local collection and drop off options in one place! By doing a quick search, you can find a recycling program as well as important details such as hours of operation, special instructions and any fees that may apply.

Find out how you can TREEcycle in your zip code! >>

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For the Birds

Bird watching is one of America's fastest-growing hobbies, and backyard bird feeding is a convenient way to enjoy these fine-feathered friends. Surveys reveal that nearly half the households in the United States provide food for wild birds. What has made watching birds the fastest growing hobby in the country second only to gardening? The attraction is obvious - feeding birds brings them closer, so we can see them more easily. Their colorful and entertaining presence is fascinating to observe, especially through the long, dreary days of winter. It's always a delight to see the variety of birds that drop by for a nibble or a rest. Setting up a backyard bird feeder can make birds' lives easier too. Winter is a difficult time for birds, and finding food can be especially challenging during periods of extreme cold.

Still looking for that unique gift for the person on your list that has everything? Drop in and checkout the selection of Droll Yankees squirrel-proof bird feeder, and put an end to those daylight robbers cleaning out your bird seed and chasing off the birds. Select from the Droll Yankee Flipper or Whipper.

YANKEE FLIPPER

  • Microban antimicrobial technology fights the growth of damaging bacteria, mold, and mildew.
  • Birds will not set it off, not even larger species like Woodpeckers and Cardinals. But the minute a squirrel hops on to the perch, the motor is triggered and the feeder begins spinning, taking the squirrel for a whirl before it loses its grip and is thrown gently from the perch.
  • The seed tube is generous in height, making it impossible for squirrels to hang down from the top reach seed.
  • The four feeding ports are easily accessible via the perch ring.
  • The heavy metal cap fits snugly on the tube to prevent squirrels from lifting it to reach the seed.
  • The clear feeder tube makes the seed visible to the birds, a proven advantage.
  • Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage.

YANKEE WHIPPER

  • Microban antimicrobial technology fights the growth of damaging bacteria, mold, and mildew.
  • Features four seed ports with individual weight sensitive perches.
  • Curved perch design encourages cardinals and small songbirds to eat, but prevents squirrels from feeding.
  • Each perch is individually sprung and calibrated for birds up to the weight of a cardinal (approx. 2 oz.)
  • The heavy metal cap is constructed to prevent squirrels from raising the cap and reaching the seed inside.
  • Internal baffle design delivers the seed to the ports.
  • The 4-3/4" x 21" clear feeder tube is made of UV stabilized polycarbonate for long lasting durability without yellowing.
  • Hangs from a looped stainless steel wire that reduces motion that would spill seed. Add a Locking Chain to secure it against falls.
  • Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage
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The No-Fuss Garden

Terrariums are a top trend and easy to care for -- just plant it and forget it. For even the most botanically inept, terrariums are extremely easy to create and amazingly low-maintenance. When properly planted and located, they provide a unique way to grow assorted plants with minimal care. Most terrariums will grow successfully on their own for several years. Here are a few tips for caring for and maintaining a terrarium:

Location, Location, Location: Place the terrarium in a bright location, but not in direct sunlight.

Closed Versus Open: If kept sealed, closed terrariums typically do not need to be watered since the plants recycle the moisture they use. Water lightly only if it gets dry and remove the lid just to allow excess moisture to escape. Open terrariums on the other hand require frequent watering.

General Care: Remove any dead plants and leaves. Prune back excessive growth as needed. When a plant gets too big, pinch it back to encourage bushier growth.

TIP:Adding fertilizer is generally not necessary since plants do not grow rapidly, however, a good potting soil with ample nutrients should be used. Soil can be "refreshed" by scraping off the top layer and adding fresh blanket of soil.

Visit us on Saturday, December 15, at 2:00PM, and let our experts help you create a glass terrarium with mini foliage and accessories. The garden under glass is perfect for your holiday decor or to give as a living gift. Reservations recommended. $50 per person. Price includes instructions and all materials.

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The holidays are in our nature

There's nothing like the aroma and beauty of fresh greenery during the holidays. Seasonal greenery provides a backdrop for holiday decorations and can be embellished as little or as much as you like. Living greenery can add festive cheer to virtually every space inside the house and out. Place greenery on walls, tables, mantels, the hearth, on the floor, and on chandeliers. Heap them in vases, garland your doorways, banisters, mirrors, or even place in a pretty mug on the kitchen counter. Decorate outdoors with fresh greenery on shutters, gates, on and over doorways, columns, mailboxes and light posts. There are plenty of ways to use fresh greenery for the holidays. Just use your imagination and have a little fun! Below are some suggested varieties to use in your holiday decorating:

White PineNope, it's not white ~ but a soft, bluish-green, long-needled pine that has excellent needle retention. A popular decorating choice for wreath swags and garland.

JuniperFragrant, short, green or silver-blue needles that usually include small blue berries. Perfect for accenting wreaths and garlands or any holiday centerpieces.

HollyA classic holiday green available several forms, green or variegated. Female plants display bright red berries.

Boxwood – this small-leafed shrub is a longtime favorite for fine-textured wreaths and garland. It has an aroma that is either loved or hated.

MagnoliaConsider using Magnolia for decorating. It boasts large, glossy leaves, with dark green that contrast well with the velvety, brown undersides. Magnolia leaves make stunning wreaths and bases for large decorations. The leaves hold up well even without water. Try spray painting them with gold or silver for a more formal look.

TIP: Some other excellent evergreens that can be used for holiday greenery include Arborvitae, Ligustrum, Pittosporum, Podocarpus, Viburnum, Nandina and Leyland Cypress.

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Just in Time for the Holidays

HELLEBORE JACOB

There are few shade perennials that can compete with the seasonal interest of Hellebores. Often called Christmas or Lenten Rose, these staples of the winter garden are tough as nails and take center stage in the winter landscape.

Hellebore Jacob is characterized by its smooth, dark green foliage with striking, crisp 2-3 inch white flowers. This early bloomer flowers from mid-November to January, just in time for the holidays! The flowers mature to a pink and rose color in cool temperatures. In warmer temperatures, they mature to light green. Hellebores can be used in the garden in many ways, in containers, in flower beds or simply tucked under a tree. Once planted and established, the Hellebore will bring joy to the garden for many years to come. Hellebore Jacob is the perfect cure for long winters and cabin fever. Oh, and just one more thing…they’re deer resistant too.

Merry Berries

Grab holiday inspiration from your own garden with berry-producing shrubs. There are several options from deciduous to evergreens, providing you with a ready source of bountiful berries. Our designers love using fresh berries for holiday decorating. Try adding them to fresh or faux greenery to create a pop of natural color. Whether you are trying to adorn your mantle, create an eye-catching table-scape or sprucing up your outdoor containers - berries make wonderful fillers! With just a little planning, you can grow these garden jewels and create your own unique decorations for Christmases to come.

Some of our berry best picks are:

Winterberry Holly ‘Southern Gentleman’ is a deciduous shrub with rich deep green foliage on an oval-rounded form. Plant as a pollenizer for Sparkleberry Winterberry. Produces no berries.

Winterberry Holly 'Winter Red’ is a tough, easy to grow shrub that looks great in mass and produces bright red berries. Once this deciduous shrub drops its leaves, the berries become the real star of the show! Since it maintains its color and berries as a cut branch, it is a very popular choice to use in floral arrangements.

Holly Nellie R. Stevens is an easy to grow classic. This evergreen shrub produces bold red berries against a deep green foliage.

Heavenly Bamboo or Nandina Domestica is an evergreen shrub that grows almost anywhere. With attractive foliage, this hardy shrub produces bright, red berries. In spite of the name, it is not a bamboo, but does grow vertically up from the roots.

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