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  • Lawn-Care Essentials

    If the hot summer weather is taking a toll on your lawn, the folks at your local Southern States retailer can help. Weeds and insects are your yard's worst nightmares during the summer months, but never fear. Southern States has the products and expert advice you need to bring your lawn back to that spring-fresh appearance.
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  • How to Compost Properly

    In the winter months, it can seem as though there is very little to do in the garden. One very beneficial thing you can do as you prepare for spring is to begin composting your organic material to create a rich soil conditioner that will feed and support your garden all year long. Composting is a process that can take months, so plan ahead to ensure your compost is ready when you begin to plant.
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  • Winter Pet Care

    When winter chills strike we can put on a sweater, crank up the heating, or put another log on the fire. Your pets grow a winter coat but it is not always enough.
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  • Winter Pest Control

    During the winter, you and your animals are not the only ones seeking warmth! Like most of us, when it’s cold, many pests will relentlessly attempt to find their way indoors. Here are a few tried and true preventive measures to keep your home safe from pesky intruders.
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  • Winterizing Your Chicken Coop

    Winterizing your chicken coop can protect your flock from cold weather hazards such as frostbite and hypothermia. With attention to a few details, your hens will be happy and continue laying eggs throughout the cold months.
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  • Winterizing Landscape Shrubs

    Harsh winter weather can be hard on the valuable shrubs in your landscape. A few preparations in the fall will get them ready for the long winter months ahead. Preventing desiccation, protecting the roots from temperature fluctuations, using caution while pruning and keeping an eye out for damage or pests can keep your plants healthy until spring.
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  • Tips for Preparing Goats for Winter

    As the temperatures start to drop (and the snow begins to fall in some parts of the country) your goats will need a little TLC to stay healthy and warm. Winter can be a stressful time for livestock and pets. Owners can help reduce that stress by providing adequate shelter, routine feeding/watering, and steady illness prevention.
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  • Winter Gardening Tips

    Although the majority of perennials and trees are dormant this month doesn't mean the garden can be ignored. Dormancy actually helps with some of the opportunities for projects this month.
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  • Winter Gardening in a Cold Frame

    A cold frame is exactly what it sounds like: a clear outdoor frame that protects plants from cold weather, while still letting sunlight in. Providing a warm and protected space in your garden for spring seeds will allow you to get a head start on your gardening season. Cold frames, usually made of lumber or hay bales and old windows or glass shower doors, are the perfect way to control the climate in your nursery beds. Not only are they very easy to make and use, but a well-constructed cold frame can last you for several years to come.
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  • Winter Compost Options

    Winter is almost upon us and the list of outside gardening tasks will be less. However, you can turn a good amount of your organic garbage into better produce and flowers next year with the investment of a little work on your compost heap. Hot composting, cold composting, or both, now is the time to start and/or maintain them.
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  • Horse Fitness During The Winter

    When the weather outside is frightful what is the horseback rider to do? That fire may be delightful, but we can't just sit inside and sing let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. It's our responsibility to maintain a fitness program for both horse and rider during the winter months. Inclement weather can definitely put a damper in your riding plans, but there are still ways to keep both you and your horse fit during the winter.
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