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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

"Noontime Knowledge" teaches about better landscaping

"Noontime Knowledge" teaches about better landscaping

JONESBORO, Ga. -- The Clayton County Extension Office is offering a free program, where all residents can learn about a landscaping tool for their gardens. 

The "Noontime Knowledge" program's next them is "From the Ground Up" - where the benefits of a ground cover a discussed, as well as how to get started with one. 

Lou Hisel, Clayton County Master Gardener will be teaching, and the program is being held at the Clayton County International Park, "The Beach." The start time is set for 12:15 on Thursday afternoon, March 28. 

According to Hisel, the groundcover acts as a floor for landscaping, and helps in sun or shade for Georgia's soil climate. The ground cover tool helps trouble spots, and helps grass and plants grow. 

While the class is free, registration is required, and can be done by calling (770) 473-5434.

DEALCHICKEN: $100 for $200 at Global Floor Services

DEALCHICKEN: $100 for $200 at Global Floor Services

ELLENWOOD, Ga. -- Getting carpets cleaned before the holidays is a necessary hassle for many people, but today's DealChicken Atlanta deal will make this chore much easier -- and cheaper.

For Thursday only, DealChicken members can take advantage of $200 worth of carpet cleaning from Global Floor Services for only $100. This deal is good for steam cleaning up to 3,000 square feet of carpet; Global Floor Services also offers carpet installation, tile and grout cleaning, and 24-hour water removal, among other services.

This deal expires on Jan. 27, 2012. Appointments must be booked in advance; a 24-hour cancellation policy is enforced.

Global Floor Services is based in Ellenwood and serves customers in Clayton, Forsyth, Fulton and Henry counties.

$75 = $150 worth of custom stationery + holiday cards from simplyput Paper and Gift

$75 = $150 worth of custom stationery + holiday cards from simplyput Paper and Gift

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Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Atlanta, GA --  The blog Running With Tweezers has a great article including a variety of great recipes for this year's peaches.  If you have had one of this year's peaches you know they are just delicious!!!  Whether you want to make ice cream, a cake or a cobbler, @RunningWithTweezers.com has the perfect recipe for you.

Around here, we’re really fortunate to have summers full of local peaches. Growing up, they were one of my dad’s favorite foods and they made appearances at our house fairly regularly. Sliced on pound cake or angel food cake, on top of cottage cheese the old school way. In the colder months, he’d even eat canned peaches straight up with a spoon. While I’m not a proponent of the tinned variety, I’m a huge fan of the fresh ones grown here in the South.

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

As we head into summer, hard pressed consumers need to save on energy costs while they keep their homes comfortable during hot weather. Here are some simple and effective ways to reduce summer energy bills from the weatherization experts at NRGSVRS (www.nrgsvrs.com):

 

1. Seal the deal. Inspect the areas around your doors, between the crown molding and ceiling, inside closets and at the seams around your floors. If you see light coming from the outside or feel any air seeping through these areas, it is time for sealing those drafts! Weather stripping and caulking or using spray foam (be careful: it expands) can significantly cut down on wasted, cooled air in your home!

 

2. Bring out the blankets. It’s summer, so do we need blankets? We are talking about blankets of insulation!