February 2018 Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2018 EMAIL NEWSLETTER
Do You Have Spring Fever?
We sure do and can’t wait for spring! The Garden Center offers services to help you have a successful and fun 2018 growing season.
We have a seasonal supply of fire wood available for sale right now.
One bundle for $14.99
Two bundles for $27.99
Three bundles for $39.99
We would love to work with you on your landscaping projects! If you would like to set up a design consult please call Colleen ASAP to answer your questions and get on the schedule that fills quickly. You can reach her 8:30AM-4PM Monday-Friday. We are also thrilled to add 2 experienced landscape designers, Bill Mitchell and Kim Burton, whom we are sure you will enjoy working with... more>>>
2018 LAWN CARE PROGRAMS
Your Soil Service Garden Center has offered lawn care programs since 1991! Beware that many nationally advertised programs don’t really fit, in turf speak, our transition zone (google turfgrass transition zone map). National programs focus on the northeast US which is the largest market but also a very different climate from KC. .. more>>>
WE MAKE LAWN CARE EASY
Being locally owned we offer do-it-yourself programs and products that we know work best for our Kansas City lawns. You’ll be surprised how little time it takes to apply them, and the personal satisfaction and substantial cost savings are highly rewarding. When you’re on the program, we’ll even warehouse the products and call you when it’s time for your next application. The first application starts soon so please come in to sign up and get going on a beautiful, healthy lawn. To see our lawn care programs- ...more>>>
WEED CONTROL OPTIONS
Customers who have been on our program for several years may need to only spot spray for particularly troublesome broadleaf weeds that granules do not control. Examples are wild violets, ground ivy and clover. If you just need to spot spray or simply want to use less overall weed control material, we will work with you to exchange the granules in the lawn program for a liquid spot treatment product at a Lawn Care Program Member discount.
QUICK REMINDER TO WINTERIZE YOUR MOWER
The last thing you want is your mower to die in mid-season and it isn’t too late to get your mower ready for spring. The most important things to do are clean or replace the air filter, change the oil if it’s a 4-cycle engine, and sharpen the blade. If you don’t sharpen it yourself, we highly recommend having 2 blades. That way, if one gets dull, you can swap them out and not worry about how soon the blade you take in will be sharpened (which could be weeks in spring).
TIME TO DORMANT SEED
SEEDING TIP ON SLOPES
Grass seed mulch materials reduce soil moisture losses to increase germination. But slopes present a problem when heavy rain washes away seed. SEED AIDE solves both of these issues. SEED AIDE has been used for decades in the professional turf grass industry and is unique because it has a “tackifier” that helps hold seed and mulch in place. Best of all, the cost per 1000 sq. ft. is the same as other seed mulches. It’s a win/win for you and your lawn!
GARDEN AND FLOWER SEEDS ARE IN
If you’ve had your fill of winter and just want to see a green plant, maybe you’re ready to start seeds indoors. We can help you with grow lights, seed starter kits, and more. Have some fun and let the inner “I’m curious to see what happens” come out!!
FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL BIRD FEEDING MONTH
You’d be amazed at how entertaining it is to feed birds. Natural bird food supplies start to run out in late winter and as we all know, this winter has been especially harsh on our avian friends. This is why February is National Bird Feeding Month (seriously).
But, how many times have you thought “sure, but if I feed the birds, I also feed the (insert word of your choice) squirrels!”
A BIRD FEEDER SQUIRRELS HATE BUT YOU’LL LOVE!
One of our bird loving employees has a feeder that absolutely prevents squirrels from getting to the seed; The SQUIRREL BUSTER. He has had it for over 25 years and swears it still looks and works as good as new. When a squirrel jumps on the feeder, its weight closes the seed opening. It doesn’t take long for it to give up in frustration and find something else annoying to do. When it jumps off, the feeder springs back open. BUT YOUR SEED IS SAFE! We have two sizes for larger seed (standard and mini feeders) and one for finch seed. We’ll say up front they aren’t the least expensive feeders on the market, but they’re built tough and powder coated for many, many years of happy birds and unhappy squirrels! Come by the Garden Center soon to get started.
PLEASE DONATE TO SPAY & NEUTER
It’s not just birds having a tough winter. Our local non-profit, Spay & Neuter is very busy now and using much more straw than normal to keep dogs and cats warm. As mentioned in our December newsletter, they have an account with us to buy straw. So if you have a minute please drop in or call the Garden Center to make a donation to them. Or call them directly (816) 353-0940 to donate. Your support makes a big difference!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS!
COME SEE US AND,
LET’S KEEP GROWING