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Fans Wish List for Garden and Landscape Tools

 

With over 700 tools in the Corona catalog, it’s hard to pick just one favorite.  So we asked the folks who like Corona Tools on Facebook and Twitter to help us out.  We were impressed with the many choices made by our garden and landscape friends.  So we’ve put together a list of the top tools on this year’s wish list based on their selections.  If you or someone on your shopping list is in need of garden and landscape tools, these are the most sought after Corona tools for 2014!  And starting 12/1-12/5 you can shop on the Corona website and save big for the holidays.  Check out the tools that top this year’s fan favorites and get your special discount codes that will have you singing joy to the world!

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All-Steel Shovels

Our ad says it best; Corona all-steel shovels are tougher than the hell you put them through. They are made from aerospace-grade steel and built for heavy duty digging and prying. Weighing in at 6 to 9 pounds, these sharpened shovel heads can penetrate the soil, cut through roots and give you extra leverage strength with a shovel handle that won’t break. For someone like Wayne J., who digs in hard packed areas with clay and gravel, Corona all-steel will last, season after season! ($80-$120)

 

all steel on Corona Tools

Hand Pruners

When it comes to Corona hand pruners, our friends had many different needs. Pat C. wants the Forged Dual Cut Bypass pruners while Kate H loves Corona’s Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners. And ComfortGEL hand pruners and snips are some of the most comfortable and well-loved tools for folks with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. ($14-$52)

 forged aluminium pruners on corona

Loppers

Corona loppers come in quite a wide range of sizes, cutting capacities, handle type and blade technology. Debra K. is looking for Dual Cut bypass loppers (SL 7180) with its specially designed hook and blade that helps make cutting limbs up to 2” in diameter much easier. Valerie-Jean B. wants the ComfortGEL+ Extendable handle loppers for extra reach and comfort while pruning. With over 50 types of loppers to choose from there is sure to be one that is just right for your gardener or landscaper. ($26-$182)

 Bypass lopper on Corona Tools

Hedge Shears

For gardeners like Pricilla N., it’s about keeping vines and hedges trimmed. Corona hedge shears always up to the task with a wide variety of blade lengths, handle styles and grips to choose from. Like the ComfortGEL+ extendable handle shears that help maintain privacy hedges and shrubs. Reach the higher limbs and vines by extending the handles to the length you need. For maximum sharpness and durability, our forged blades, like Dual Cut Hedge Shears, blades are a great choice  that are ready to go to work for you when you need them, season after season! ($22-$78) 

 Extendable Handle Hedge Shears on Corona Tools

Pruning Saws

If you are gardeners like Daniel G. and Kelle B., a Corona Razor Tooth saw earns the top spot on their Corona tool wish list! Hand saws like the Corona Quick Saw, are a must for professional aborists but you can bet that when you are working in the garden and landscape, a pruning saw will come in handy on larger limbs. Corona’s special tooth pattern is designed to keep the cutting channel free from saw dust debris. That means you can power through cuts in seconds saving you time and wear and tear on your body. And many Corona saws have a replaceable blade option so your saw is sharp and ready to go, season after season. ($27-$65)

 Razor Tooth saw on Corona Tools
Tree Pruners

One of the most expensive aspects of maintaining your garden and landscape is caring for your trees. While larger trees are typically best maintained by certified arborists, smaller ornamental and fruit trees can be managed by knowledgeable DIY homeowners. Mia M., and Davie E., have their sights on Corona tree pruners with an extendable pole and saw blade attachment. Tree pruners make the job safer by keeping both feet on the ground. And a healthy, well pruned tree offers many benefits to every homeowner and neighbor. ($61-$340)

 TP 6870 Tree pruner of Corona Tools
BONUS - Stocking Stuffers

Still don’t know what to get for your favorite gardener or landscaper. How about some incredible tools that are inexpensive and make great stocking stuffers? Barbara K. and Dana P., both love extendable handle garden tools ($12) for their versatility and convenience. Lisa S., and Debra G., would love to see ComfortGEL hand tools ($10-12) like the transplanter or weeder with comfortable grips and stainless steel tool heads. Other fan favorites include; Stainless Steel Snips ($11) great for harvesting herbs and deadheading flowers, Corona Tool Sharpener ($10) to keep pruner and lopper blades at maximum sharpness, and these great scissors and snips that are ideal for indoor plants and small container gardens.

 Corona Garden Hand Tools

hydroponic snips on corona tools

That is this year’s short list of Corona Tools’ Fan Favorites! Do you have a favorite on your wish list? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

Limited Time Discounts on Your Favorite Corona Tools 

Whether you have a gardener or landscaper on your list this year or you just want to stock up on Corona tools for the 2015, now is the time! Between 12/1-12/5, you can shop on our website and save 20%* on the listed prices and get free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Use code WISHLIST14 to receive your 20% discount and 50FREESHIP on orders subtotals of $50 or more

 

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* 20% and free shipping is not valid on Corona wheelbarrows due to size and special shipping requirements. Orders containing a Corona wheelbarrow will be subject to full shipping charges to all US address.

Millennials' Take on Gardening with EmergentPro and Corona Tools

 

girl w sweet pea[small]Some are calling the Millennials "Generation Nice." But The Pew Research Center’s sequence of reports on millennials found not an entitled generation but a complex and introspective one — with a far higher proportion of nonwhites than its predecessors as well as a greater number of people raised by a single parent. Its members also have weathered many large public traumas: the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, costly (and unresolved) wars, the Great Recession. Pew reported that the millennial generation is skeptical of institutions — political and religious — and prefers to improvise solutions to the challenges of the moment.

A report by Morley Winograd and Michael Hais titled “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America" found almost two-thirds (64 percent) of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring,” the Brookings Institution recently noted in 

Join the young Emergents this week to chat about Gardening and entering the Horticultural workplace on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Brienne Gluvna Arthur @EmergentPro for this week's topic, Discussing Gardening and Horticulture with Millennials.  The live chat begins Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Gardening and Horticulture with Milliennials - their new favorite passtime

Priorities for Millenials - 64% have stated they prefer making 40K in a job they love vs 100K for a job they don't. 

Millennials and the food they eat - Many are conscious about the food they eat, they are more likely to be vegetarian, vegans or gluten free

Skills and Knowedge - Do millennials know how to grow? Do they have horticultural skills? 

Gardening in Small Spaces -Houses and properties are smaller 

Community Gardening with Millennials -plenty of participation

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona Tools

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Salvias Add Color, Movement to Garden with AHS and Corona Tools

 

Mealycup Sage

Easy-care garden plants, Salvias or sages as they are called interchangeably, are a large genus that includes annuals, biennials, perennials and small shrubs. Colorful Salvias can serve as the mainstay of the spring to summer, or late summer to fall garden border. Salvia is one of the many beloved members of the Mint Family, and has attributes like aromatic leaves that are paired two-by-two down square stems, two-lipped, bright flowers filled with nectar, and a long bloom season. 

Salvias, including the familiar kitchen sage, produce spikes of small, densely packed flowers atop aromatic foliage and are heat- and drought-tolerant beauties. They bloom in shades of blue, violet, red, pink, and white. Different varieties fill in the garden from 18 inches to 5 feet tall. 

Join the American Horticultural Society this week to chat about your favorite late summer and fall blooming Salvias on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Digital Communications Manager Charlotte Germane of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) @AHS_Gardening for this week's topic, Salvias add color and movement to your late summer/fall garden. The live chat begins Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Late Summer Color -Salvia can be tender or hardy, but no matter where your garden is, use salvias for a burst of late summer color that persists in to the fall.

Wide Variety - With almost 1,000 species in this genus, you can find colors and heights that add to your garden picture – and it’s likely the deer won’t photobomb your picture. Salvias are often deer-resistant, although of course it depends on the species, the herd of deer (and how hungry they are). Ask your neighboring gardeners which salvias their deer ignore.

Culture for Sages - Salvias need full sun and well-drained soil. If you’re growing them as perennials, cut them back in winter to keep them from getting too woody.

Native Wildflowers - Some salvias are native to the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas.

Bee Forage - Salvias will feed the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds and add an aerial ballet to your garden.

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona Tools

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Your Favorite Garden Tips and Tricks

 

Proven Winners Mosaic Magic Pinterest Boaard

 

Don't try to re-invent the wheel in your garden and landscape; instead, learn from Proven Winners, Corona Tools and your fellow gardeners on this week's #Plantchat! Share favorite gardening tips, learn new shortcuts, contribute easy ways of doing things, tweet no-fail growing and planting secrets, and generally get "in the know" this Monday. Get even more ideas from the Proven Winners Pinterest Boards, for example, "DIY Garden Projects" like the Mosaic Magic at right. Give and Take, Share and Learn on this special edition of #Plantchat

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvela, of Proven Winners @Proven_Winners for this week's topic, Garden Tips. The live chat begins Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Growing Plants Planting and Maintenance shortcuts and tips make it easy to succeed! 

Garden Organization Just like any project, organize garden areas and tools with containers, organizers and know-how. 

Plant Identification How to recognize Plant Families, starting with flowers and fruit for easiest Plant I.D. 

Money Saving Tips Gain insights from experienced frugal gardeners and get more bang for your gardening buck with a bit of familarity. And check out the Proven Winners Pinterest boards

Clean Up Whether the end of the day or the end of the season, clean up is a vital step to an organized garden.  

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona ToolsDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

What's Growing in Your Garden & Landscape?

 

Hydrangea on Corona Tools PlantchatFrom azaleas to zucchinis and everything in between, homeowners have planted a wide variety of plants species in most every possible zone. Plants reflect our personal preferences for color, depth and texture in our landscapes and each yard is unique. As plant lovers, a hybrid tea rose can provide immense joy for one, while the smell of a blooming gardenia shrub greets another happy gardener. Sharing personal plant choices, successes and inspiring others is how gardeners connect with each other and it's our topic on this week's plantchat!  We'll also have a Corona Tools prize package in store for the most active participant during the live chat!

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Join @CoronaTools and plant lovers from all over the Twittersphere for the topic, What's Growing in Your Garden? The live chat begins Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Our discussion is a free forum format for everyone to share what they are growing in their gardens and landscape.  We'll have some questions for participants including;

Plant Choices - Share what types of plants you have selected for your landscape and why you choose them.

Hits and Misses - Discuss what plants you've had great success with and those you haven't.

Plant Favorites - Show off your favorite plants, flowers, trees and shrubs by tweeting pictures of plants that bring you joy.

Indoor Plants - Bringing nature indoors adds warmth, beauty and fresher air that says "welcome" to homeowners and guests.

Sources of Inspiration - Where do you get your planting inspiration from to try new plants and planting techniques 

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona ToolsDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Benefits of Companion Planting in the Garden

 

Corona Tools Hydrangea on PlantchatNative Americans discovered centuries ago, the tremendous benefits of planting certain together.  It became known as 3 Sisters which benefited the plants and the soil, creating a symbiotic relationship. They realized that this method led to healthier plants, soil and ultimately, bigger and better crops. This week we will talk about this technique and all about companion planting on #plantchat!

BONUS GIVEAWAY: During the live chat, the most active participant will win a set of Corona ComfortGEL garden hand tools!  Tune into the live chat for details!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman, of Rodale Institute @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic, Benefits of Companion Planting. The live chat begins Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

3 Sisters Method - Hear how the method was used by early Native Americans and why this practice is still being used today in organic gardens.

Benefits of Companion Planting - Explore the tremendous benefits that happen when paring certain plants together.

Plant Selection - Discover what plants make great companions, yield bigger and better crops, prevent insect damage, and improve the soil

Importance of Companion Planting - Understand what makes companion planting so important for organic gardening.

Tips and Resources - Get the latest tips and information from the Rodale Institute for achieve growing success in the time honored tradition of companion planting.

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona ToolsDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Hydrangea Myths and Misconceptions on Plantchat

 

Corona Tools Hydrangea on PlantchatWithout a doubt, one of the most beautiful flowering shrubs is the hydrangea.  Known for the colorful clusters of blooms and broad green foliage, these plants can bring a touch of formal to any garden.  Hydrangeas can be quite a mystery to some gardeners so this week we uncover the myths and misconceptions on #plantchat!

BONUS GIVEAWAY: During the live chat, the most active participant will win a Proven Winners hydrangea and a pair of Corona ComfortGEL pruners!  Tune into the live chat for details!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvela, of Proven Winners @Proven_Winners for this week's topic, Hydrangea Myths and Misconceptions. The live chat begins Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Types of Hydrangea - Explore the various types of hydrangea available to gardeners and landscapers.

Similarities and Differences - Learn what these majestic plants have in common and what makes each unique.

Plant Selection - Understand how to choose the right hydrangea for you based on your personal preferences and planting environment

Container Growing - Discover how to enjoy hydrangea in containers and dress up any patio or balcony.

Hydrangea Resources - Get the latest tips and information from Proven Winners and achieve growing success with your hydrangeas.

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona ToolsDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

5 Cool Garden Projects to Make Composting Fun for Kids

 

Corona Tools Kids Garden AdventuresHow many of us grew up being told by our parents, not to play in the dirt or get dirty when we went out to play? I’ve found out, it’s great to get your hands a little dirty making fresh and organic compost. Composting is very simple, costs virtually nothing and is one of the best outdoor family activities you can do. Here is some quick information to share with kids about the benefits and how-to’s. I’ve also included a list of things we do with our kids to help make it fun and educational for them.

The Dirt on Compost

The “behind the scenes” science is what makes composting pretty cool. All organic scraps or wastes break down over time. When nitrogen and carbon wastes are combined, tiny microbes, insects and worms, help them to decompose. What’s left is organic matter, or “humus”, that is very nutrient-rich, medium which plants grow and thrive in. It all comes from things you throw away everyday and it costs nothing. When you compost you are also reducing your carbon footprint on the Earth and helping our fragile environment. To learn more about your family’s footprint, visit the Nature Conservancy for this easy to use interactive calculator.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Composting creates a medium for plants that is filled with the nutrients they need to flourish, made up from things you already have in your home, helps the environment and reduces the trash we send to the landfills...A major win/win/win!

Making Compost – What You Need

There are many great reasons to compost. It’s easy and the materials are readily available in everyone’s home. Here are some examples of what you need;
Corona Tools Kids CompostNitrogen or “greens” - Produce scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds, aquarium water (freshwater), and weeds that have not seeded.
Carbon or “browns” - dried leaves, paper towel/ toilet paper rolls, newspaper, cardboard, paper egg cartons, and sawdust. TIP: The smaller the pieces, the faster they break down.
General rule of thumb: a 50/50 balance of each in your compost and you will be well on your way to achieving compost! There is plenty of research and information on ratio balance. Compost will happen regardless so there is no need to do the math.
Water - without moisture your compost pile will become too dry for the microbes and insects to their thing. There should be a source of water nearby to help keep the compost moist.
Air – proper air flow will aid in the composting process. For larger compost piles it’s best to turn it occasionally, exposing the inner layers to the outside air.

Making Compost a Family Affair

Now we get down to the dirty fun part and how my family shares in the joys of composting. Besides teaching my kids about reusing and recycling much of the waste we produce, we make sure to involve them in every step of the process. They are thrilled to head out in our garden to do projects. We’ve even made a game which they enjoy too. Here’s a list of 5 cool composting projects you can all do together.

#1 – Make a Compost Bin

There are many solutions available for making a compost bin; discarded wooden pallets, cinder blocks, trash cans or even a plain old pile. All these will work but I tend to use whatever I have on hand. For this project I used wire garden fencing material left over from last year’s garden. It’s an easy weekend project that’s fun for you and the kids, inexpensive (under $20 to buy), and makes a great compost bin! For other great ideas, check out the Organic Gardening website and search for “compost”.

Step 1: Tools needed – wire garden fencing (36”x36”) available in most retail hardware stores and garden centers, wire cutters, gloves, safety glasses.
Step 2: Wearing safety glasses and gloves, unroll the fencing having your kids help by holding it in place. Cut a section 36” leaving enough wire to secure the bin together.

Corona Tools Compost Bin
Step 3: Roll the section into a cylinder (cut edge to uncut edge) bending the wires on the end you cut around the edges of the uncut side.

Corona Tools Compost
Step 4: Put into place and start adding waste to your compost pile.

Corona Tools Compost


#2 – “Seek and Find” Compost Game

A great way to make composting fun for kids is to make it a game. We play this at home and the kids love it!
Step 1: Review the list of compostable materials, the browns and the greens they need to find. If you need a quick reference on materials to use and what not to use, check out this handy guide published by the EPA.

FUN TIP: Create flash cards with pictures of what to look for! I’ve found this to be a very helpful visual!

Corona Tools Kids Compost

Step 2: Create a chart with each family member’s name, with check boxes for finding browns and greens.
Step 3: Give each kid an empty pale or sealable plastic baggie (it can get messy!). Spend 20 minutes walking around the house and outside for materials to compost.
Step 4: Each item they find is worth 1 minute of “screen time” or time with their electronic devices.

Corona Tools Kids CompostThere are so many cool things about this game. Kids go looking for materials everywhere…even outside! Like raking up leaves or grabbing the junk mail and newspapers to shed. To keep track of points and a log of what goes into your compost pile, we made simple spreadsheet to track it.  The kids know how many points they have and it helps maintain that 50/50 balance. If you see they are collecting more greens, ask them to look for more browns to even out your compost.

#3: Compost Bug ID

Corona Tools CompostOnce you get your compost started you’ll want to turn it occasional to speed the process. A garden fork works well for this and helps get air to the materials on the inside. As it begins to break down, you will find all sorts of bugs and crawly things in the pile. Take a camera so kids can take pictures of the bugs they find and look them up online. It’s a great way to get them outside and learn about nature. They also love that they get to use the electronic devices to look them up. Okay, so it’s still techy but we get to spend time together, learn about bugs, and the kids think they are playing on the tablet.

#4: Give Your Compost Bin a Makeover

Decomposing waste may not be a focal point in yard but it doesn’t have to stick out like a sore thumb. Here are a couple of great ideas that you and your kids can do to help dress it up.
Corona Tools Kids Compost• Plant seasonal flowers and vines that can grow along the outsides of wire bins and add some visual color to your yard. Trim stray vines to keep it looking tidy and toss them right in the compost.
• If you are using wood to support your compost pile, give it a coat of paint and let kids add their touches. Putting their hands in paint and leaving their mark all over the outside is just plain fun for them. It’s also like having kids’ artwork out in the yard too!

#5: Take a Compost Coffee Break

It may sound hard to believe, but composting is a little addicting. Once you have seen the fruits of your labor you may just become compost crazy. I’m always on the lookout for more waste wherever I go. A good source is your local barista. Many coffee shops will bag up coffee grounds for you for free! Take your kids with you later in the morning and have them ask the barista for any left over coffee grounds. 9 times out of 10, it works if someone doesn’t beat you to it! It’s also a great time out with the kids, you get your morning latte and your compost gets a mega-shot of nitrogen.

There you have it, 5 great ways to get kids interested in compost while having fun and learning in the process! Do you teach your kids about composting? Share what works in your family in the comments!

Gardening Tidings of ComfortGEL® and Joy from Corona® Tools

 

ComfortGEL_family_CoronaPreparing for the holidays? Relax with ComfortGEL® tools from Corona® and create those topiaries, natural wreaths, floral designs and tree trimming the easy way. Season after season, garden and landscape maintenance is a breeze with soft, ergonomic, comfortable ComfortGEL® grips. On this year’s holiday wish list there are six tools from Corona® that keep garden and holiday décor projects down to size. And just in time for the holidays, Corona is offering some special discounts on ComfortGEL®, helping gardeners save time and money.

Corona Makes it Easy to Spread Holiday Joy

Gifting your gardener with ComfortGEL® Tools from Corona® takes the “chore” out of home gardening and holiday preparations. Specially coated, non-stick blades help to maintain maximum sharpness through numerous cuts. ComfortGEL® soft, ergonomically-shaped grips provide maximum comfort, fit and control, while the integrated Shock-Guard® bumpers on selected models, reduce strain and hand fatigue. and the volute spring resists dirt build up and clogging. ComfortGEL® tools with longer handles are equipped with extra strength, ergonomically advantageous trapezoidal steel handles that fit snugly in the hand. Easy open locks accommodate both right and left-handed users.

Six Tools in the ComfortGEL® Series

The indispensable ComfortGEL®  Bypass Pruner (BP 3214, $16) are perfect for keeping woody ornamentals in line and are useful a thousand times every gardening day. Trim evergreens for making holiday wreaths, swags and bunting. Clip stray branches out of the way of windows, doors or walkways. Prune dormant ornamentals and eliminate crossing and rubbing branches with ease.


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To ensure your hand pruners always within reach, add Corona’s universally designed nylon scabbard (AC 4510, $10) that makes the ComfortGEL® Bypass Pruners easy to carry using the metal clip or belt loops. It’s made of durable Cordura nylon construction and is the perfect fit for hand pruners and folding pruning saws. On the scabbard front is a storage pocket for the accessory sharpening tool (AC 8300, $10) to keep pruner blades sharp in the field. Together, this $36 bypass pruner, scabbard and sharpener set make a memorable stocking stuffer.

The ComfortGEL® Hedge Shear (HS 3244, $29) is ideal for smoothly sculpting rosemary or ivy topiary cones and spirals, or hedges in the landscape and traditional holiday decor. The 9 inch non-stick blades maintain maximum sharpness, and cutting performance is enhanced with a 3/8 inch limb notch.


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The long-reach 25 inch ComfortGEL® Bypass Loppers (SL 3264, $28) make short work of larger branches. The Dual Arc blade design provides a 1-1/2 inch diameter capacity that easily eliminates rangy Christmas tree branches or protruding limbs. These loppers will also come in handy during winter months to remove damaged tree limbs caused by excess snow, ice and heavy winds.


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On every floral designer and herb gardener’s wish list, the ComfortGEL® Snips (FS 3204, $16) are simply the best choice for herbs and floral design. Lightweight construction combined with the integrated thorn stripper and floral wire cutter make a great all-in-one tool for the artistic gardener.

Sticky tree sap easily wipes off the non-stick, specially coated blades for maximum cutting performance. Then use them to cut some fresh herbs for your holidays meals making this one of the handiest tools in your shed all year long. Corona’s ComfortGEL® Snips are member tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club, an independent third-party group.


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ComfortGEL™ Anvil Pruner (AP 3234, $17) has a 3/4 inch diameter branch capacity, and like all of the hand tools in this series accommodates right- and left-handed users, and designed for pruning dry and woody growth. The sharp blade comes down on the anvil and readily cuts extra hard wood of dead branches or rose canes.


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Finally, the ComfortGEL® Veggie & Fruit Shear (BP 3224, $16) is great for harvesting cabbage, Brussels sprouts, lettuces as well as quickly harvesting fruits off trees, bushes and vines.  A quick wipe of the specially coated, non-stick blades with a rubbing alcohol wipe also helps prevent spreading diseases to other plants during harvest.


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Your Gardener’s Gift List

What does YOUR gardener dream of? The holiday season is now, and ComfortGEL® tools from Corona are all about comfort and decreasing wear-and-tear on the gardener.  Order these very special comfort-minded tools at CoronaToolsUSA for yourself, or delight your special gardener this holiday season with ComfortGEL® gifts that physically demonstrate your thoughtful caring in a tangible way.

Right now, through the holidays, all ComfortGEL pruning tools are 20% off when ordering on coronatoolsusa.com and using COMFORTJOY code before check out.  And for ComfortGEL orders $75 or more, receive free ground shipping using code CGFREESHIP.  Free shipping applies only to ComfortGEL tools.  Orders on items other than ComfortGEL will be subject to standard shipping rates.

Which ComfortGEL is right for you? With six great tools designed for specialized garden and craft tasks, Corona has the right tool for the job.  Check out the ComfortGEL video to see them in action and tell us in the comments which one is your favorite!

Carve Pumpkins, Share it, Win Garden Tools

 

It’s that time of year when there is a fall air starts getting a crisp chill and spirits become restless in anticipation of the wicked fright-night on Halloween. As a kid growing up, I couldn’t wait for this holiday and I always associated the ritual of carving pumpkins to celebrate it. Okay the candy was a pretty “sweet deal” too but the build up to that special day of coming up with a costume, picking out the perfect pumpkins, and sitting around the table making scary or goofy looking faces, was something I still remember to this day. The great part is I get to relive it all with my young kids now and hand down this awesome tradition.

Corona tools garden pumpkinWhile I was out at the pumpkin patch with the family a couple weeks ago, I found what I thought was one of the most unusual pumpkin that I had ever seen. So of course I snapped a picture on my phone and shared it on Corona Tools Facebook. Some of the comments were so creative and well thought out, it made me think, why not have a pumpkin carving contest as part of our weekly giveaways…?!? So viola…here we are, the 2013 Corona Tools Great Pumpkin Carving Contest!

The Basic and Easy Rules

Have fun. It is Halloween after all! This is something that can be great fun for the whole family no matter how old you are.
It makes difference if you carve it or paint it, it just needs to be a pumpkin that is all made up for Halloween and gets people talking.

This is the 2013 Corona Tools Great Pumpkin Carving Contest, not 2012 or any other previous Halloween…it must be something you’ve created this year. And just to make sure there is no sneaking in your previous pumpkins designs or someone else’s (not that anyone would do that…!) you will need to get the Corona Facebook Page in the picture with your design. Place it next to your monitor showing the page or have the Corona page open on your mobile phone or tablet and grab a picture of your ghoulish creation! It’s that easy…

Submit your picture to Corona Tools Facebook. Just send it to us from the page and include;

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address (or other method to contact you if you win)
  3. The category you are entering (in case it isn’t obvious)

 As soon as we get your picture, we’ll upload it to an album on our Facebook page and let people vote and comment on them. The more likes you get and the more comments you get, the better, so you will want to share it with your family and friends to vote for yours! You can also submit up to 3 pumpkin carving pictures to increase your chances of winning from 3 categories.

This contest starts 10/25 and ends at 11:59PM EST on 10/31! We’ll announce the winners on 11/1 but you’ll see how you are doing on Facebook. The one with the most like and comments on 10/31, in each category, will be deemed the winner.

The Categories and Winners

Since there are so many ways to decorate a pumpkin, we don’t want to limit creativity. We’ve come up with 3 categories to give you a shot at winning this promotion.

    • Scariest
    • Funniest
    • Most Creative

Corona Tools GiveawayThe Prizes

Wouldn’t it be nice if you did all this work, and people chose your design and you won? Well this contest is all about YOU! You carve it or decorate it, YOU share it to get people to vote for it and YOU WILL WIN*…!!! Let me state that again…if you get the votes, YOU WILL WIN! There is nothing left to chance so you can make it happen. And since YOU are doing all the work, YOU get to choose your prize. That’s right…YOU PICK your favorite Corona Tool prize from all the previous giveaways we’ve done with the exception of our partner giveaways. Prizes include only Corona tools so if you’ve had your eye on that set Corona garden tools with tote, the extendable handle tools or any other prize we have done, if YOU WIN…YOU CHOOSE! It’s that easy.

So go get your creative juices flowing, seek inspiration online, grab the family head out to the pumpkin patch and join us for this fun-filled event. There is no such thing as “chance” in this giveaway. If you are in need of new Corona garden and landscape tools, or ever said “I never win the giveaway…”, YOU have the power to win this week!  Good luck to all and happy Halloween!

*Continental US, AK & HI.  Complete giveaway details, terms and conditions.

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