Memorial Day weekend is time to raise the stars and stripes and to honor the American service men and women who gave their lives while defending our freedom. It’s also the first long holiday weekend in Spring and a time when many Americans take advantage of the extra day off to get projects done. We’ve put together a list of 5 garden and landscape projects that are easy to start and finish over the weekend.
Set Up a Compost Pile
One of the best things you can do for your garden is to save your brown and green wastes and make nutrient-rich and organic soil right in your backyard. Whether you use a readymade composter or put together a basic cage, your plants and vegetables will love it. It so simple to do and it’s always a good time to get started. Check out the Organic Gardening website for some great composting tips.
Check Sprinklers for Leaks
While you’re out in the yard this weekend, do a quick check for any leaking sprinkler heads. A leaky sprinkler is easy to spot, whether a gusher or that slow and steady leak that keeps the sidewalk wet, it’s an easy weekend fix. Sprinkler heads can wear out over time so it good to check them periodically and replace them when you detect a leak. It will save you some green on your monthly water bill and help to conserve water.
As summer months get hotter and drier plants need to maintain proper hydration. Many people think that means add longer watering cycles, however, spreading a layer of mulch is a much better option. Mulch will help keep moisture in the soil and prevents weed growth which means more moisture for your plants and less watering. Just think of what you can do with the time saved weeding and money saved watering!
Organizing Your Garden Tools
How many times have you headed out to the garden and realized you’ve misplaced the tool you need? You spend 30 minutes looking for it, give up and have to run to your local garden center to find a replacement. The long weekend is a great time to organize your tool shed to maximize your space, make it easy to find and store your tools, and easy to spot when something is missing which helps remind you to replace your tools when finished. There are many racks available in local hardware stores, a simple peg board and hooks or come up a creative way to organize them. And next time you head outside you will be so glad you did!
Green Up the Yard
During the long weekend it’s a great time to assess how efficient your garden and landscape is. If you are putting new plants in this season, look for native species that require less water. Ensure that your lawn mower is adjusted to its highest setting which helps to reduce the amount of water needed to keep it green. Or add a smart controller to your irrigation system to automatically turn off the system during rainy days. You’ll spend less in water while conserving this precious resource. And for more great ideas to green up your yard, spend some time this weekend on the EPA WaterSense website to learn how to make your landscape greener.
There you have it…Corona Tools' 5 easy projects to get your yard and tool shed into shape this weekend! All things that you can complete in a weekend, cost you a little time or a few pennies, and guaranteed to reward you all season long. These are just a few ideas, what kinds of garden projects are on your list?
Tis' the season to be jolly and do a little gift giving too! This year Corona is playing Santa to 12 of our lucky Facebook fans and giving out some awesome gifts for their gardens and landscapes. Beginning 12/12/12 through 12/23/12, visit Corona Tools on Facebook to see what the daily gift is announced in the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Each day we will post a picture of the day’s giveaway on our page, which in total will be worth over $750 in giveaways! To be entered to win, all you need to do is LIKE the Corona Tools page and LIKE the gift of the day.
At 10AM PST each day, we will take all the likes on that gift and generate an instant winner using Random.org. Since this is a giveaway for people who like Corona Tools on Facebook, don’t forget to like the page then like the gift of the day. Remember you need to do both since SOMEONE WILL WIN EVERYDAY, so why shouldn’t it be you? It doesn’t get much easier than that…!
How to enter Corona's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway:
- LIKE Corona Tools on Facebook.
- LIKE the daily giveaway that’s posted at 10AM PST (you can leave a comment too but it’s the LIKE that get’s counted)
- You will have 24 hours to LIKE each day’s gift (until 9:59AM PST the following day) if you want the chance to win it.
- At 10AM PST, we’ll randomly select the winner from all the LIKES on the daily gift and announce the winner.
- Gifts can be shipped to residents in the continental US only.
- Winners will be posted on Facebook so be sure check back daily to see if you’ve won. You’ll have 24 hours to contact us with your name and contact info to receive your gift.
- If we don’t hear back from the winner within the specified time, we’ll select a new winner.
- All eligible fans may LIKE each daily gift and can win a maximum of three (3) gifts throughout the giveaway.
- Giveaways run from 12/12/12 through 12/23/12 and all gifts will be shipped standard ground shipping
That’s it…! Simple, fun and so many great gifts to be had in the season of giving! Good luck to all and to all a great garden, season after season.
Just before the school year ended, my daughter received a fun project from her 2nd Grade teacher. The assignment was aimed at teaching kids about recycling and how they can be stewards of the environment. Each student was asked to build a robot made of recycled materials and write a story about their “recyclobot”.
Meet Tom the Grobot
We stated putting aside all of our bottles, cans and anything else that could have been used to make a recyclobot. Once we had plenty of items to choose from, I helped my daughter put some of the items together as outlined in the assignment. It was at that point, my daughter’s 8 year old imagination kicked into overdrive. She decided she wanted her recyclobot to be a “grobot”. Okay to be fair, she had just watched the movie Wall-e, but she decided she wanted her recyclobot to be able to grow something inside of it and further challenge her dad! But I liked that she was giving 200% to her assignment so I went with it.
She developed and wrote her story about Tom the Grobot, and I helped put him together. I thought why not push the envelope and teach her a little bit about sustainability in the garden while I was at it? I thought I would utilize some of the knowledge I impart from our weekly #landscapechat and introduce her to the concept of collecting rain water and proper irrigation techniques. Tom was not only made of 95% recycled materials (the other 5% were some HotWheels borrowed from my son) but he was designed to harvest rain water and to water the tomato plants he was nurturing.
The Grobot Story
My daughter came up with an amazing story about Tom the Grobot and Doug the Dumpster. And when she presented it to her class, both her story and Tom got the biggest round of applause from the classroom. What impressed me the most was at 8 years old she understands the importance of; recycling, its impact to our landfills, a broad concept of sustainability and turning trash into something that gives back fresh grown food.
I loved what she came up with so much that I decided it would make a great blog post and awesome project to work on with kids this summer. So start saving those bottles and cans share your creativity with us on Corona Tools Facebook!
As a father, one of my favorite things to do is teach my two young kids about gardening. It’s always a challenge to make it fun and interesting for them but one Monday night I was on Brenda Haas’ #gardenchat with her host, @Growums. And by the luck of the draw, I won a complete Growums kit, designed to get kids introduced to gardening.
I love that it comes with everything you need to grow a complete meal (ours was a pizza kit) and it’s made just for kids. Both my kids got into the great characters and videos they have when you register it on the Growums website. The kit tells you how to get your seeds started, watering, planting and fertilizing in a way that kids relate to. The planter box is easy to put together and it even tells you when it needs water. Best of all, my kids still go outside, check it out, check the water and are excited to watch them grow. Well done Growums!
As a parent, we all want our kids to live long, healthy lives and anything that gets children interesting in growing fresh food (and hopefully eating them) makes me feel like I’m getting them off to a good start.
How Does Your Father Inspire Your Gardening Giveaway
So with Father’s Day just around the corner, we want to hear your story of how your father, or even your grandfather, helps inspire others to grow fresh healthy foods. Starting today, you can send us your story and picture of Dad and share how he influences your passion for gardening. Doesn’t need to be a novel, just a thank you for what he teaches you, words of wisdom he imparts, a memory from your childhood that stuck with you over the years…etc. You get the idea…!
On 6/13, Corona will select 3 posts and celebrate them on our Facebook page. Corona Tools fans will comment or like them to cast their vote for the post they think celebrates a father’s inspiration to gardening. Then on Father’s Day, we’ll award the post with the most comments and likes with $100 shopping spree on coronatoolsusa.com. And of course, since he’s inspired you, we’ll give you a matching gift. The other 2 shares selected, will each get a set of or new ComfortGEL snips and pruners or our e-Grip Garden Hand Tools with Corona tote.
Share your dad’s story with us and we’ll help you both celebrate this very special Father’s Day! And for those dads who garden with us in spirit, it certainly doesn’t diminish the contributions they've made in our lives. Keep the tools and think of him when you use them or share them with someone you know who may be new to gardening. Happy Father's Day and happy story telling everyone!
Crimes Against Treemanity
You know you’ve seen it…a thriving healthy tree one day, then a trunk with no branches the next. Or that tree that someone planted year ago, whose owner forgot, IT WILL GROW…! Sometimes it’s poor planning, poor maintenance, limited knowledge of what trees need, and in some cases, a blatant disregard for a tree's health. What we’re talking about are crimes against treemanity!
This week on #treechat, we discussed and had a photo share about some of the awful things homeowners and some landscape “professionals” do to trees. Many homeowners think a tree just gets planted and their done. While the un-professional contractor, who knows little about tree care, takes out their chainsaw and just starts butchering trees.
Our goal is to bring awareness to the many crimes against treemanity we see throughout our neighborhoods and cities and to help others learn what they can to prevent these mistakes in their landscapes. Our arborist community, who participates weekly on #treechat, shared some great tips on how to help prevent these horrible crimes against nature;
Remove bracing cables and poles – after the first 2-3 years a tree is established and no longer needs the added support.
Plan before you plant – when planting your trees, think about the space and will it accommodate your tree when mature. Is it next to the house or will it grow into the electrical lines…?
Resist volcano mulching – more is not always better, especially not piled up around the base of the trunk which can lead to diseases or tree loss.
Proper pruning – the operative word, PROPER! It invigorates a tree's health, maintains it shape and balance between a trees canopies and roots.
And #1 takeaway...
Hire a certified arborist – not only do they care about a tree’s health but they will properly maintain it. It’s easy to locate one from organizations such as TCIA, located in your area. Just ask yourself, would you prefer a plumber or a physician to provide you with your personal health services? You get the idea...
You can check out all the great tips and photo shares on our Storify “Crimes Against Treemanity”
Corona Wants to Help
Corona is doing its part to help stamp out the bad things that happen to trees every day. We’re giving one lucky treehugger a set of Corona tools Including a professional pair of loppers, hand pruners, and folding saw valued at approx $150 the most shared photo.
Throughout the month of May (5/31), you can share your Crimes Against Treemanity pictures on any of the #treechat networks;
On Twitter: mention @Coronatools & use the #treechat, post your photo on our Facebook or Google+ page, or pin it on the Crimes Against Treemanity photo board on Pinterest!
Share your post and picture with family and friends and let people know why it’s a “crime” and we'll award the Corona pruning tools to the share that generates the most buzz and awareness. We’ll announce the winner on 6/1/2012 and along the way, create greater awareness so others will take the time and provide proper care to their trees!
When you go out into your garden and landscape, do you carry your Corona tools? If that's how you roll, and you want to tell the world about it, then we have a giveaway made just for you! We promise it will be fun along with some very cool prizes with 1 person winning a collection of Corona's best in class tools and filling your shed with RED! It's easy, anyone can do it and here's how!Round 1:How I Roll Photo Giveaway
Starting today, upload a picture to Corona Tools Facebook
page using your favorite tool and tell us why it's your tool of choice in your yard. Be fun. Be Creative. And by all means, don't be afraid to show your love of red because it's up to our friends on Facebook to help you win. Is it your trusty Corona bypass pruner? An E-grip Weeder? The Corona Tools Garden App
?(it counts too!) If you've never owned a Corona tool, now is the time get your hands on one, try it out and share it on Facebook since this contest is open to everyone. Well, okay it's open to anyone in the continental USA and you can't work for or be related to employees at Corona!
On October 1st
, the 5 pictures with the most "likes" wins a Corona t-shirt and hat so get those pictures ready and posted! The more time people have to vote, the better your odds are of winning. In addition, the folks at Corona will pick up to 5 winners from the remaining pictures regardless of how many votes are cast. That gives you 2 ways to win and get you into the next round for the real giveaway!Round 2: How I Roll Video Giveaway
If you didn't have enough fun in round one, things get even more interesting for the winners who advance to round 2. That RED t-shirt becomes your golden ticket to winning some great Corona tools in this round! To get to that prized collection of Corona's finest, you'll have 3 weeks to create a short video using your favorite Corona tool in your new t-shirt and telling people why you love it! Tap into your creative side and tell us why you like it, how you use it, how much time it saves you or why it's the tool you chose when you roll. Just post the video on YouTube, blog or other video hosting service that allows viewer comments along with a link to it on the Corona Tools Facebook page.
Do that and you are guaranteed to win something come November 15, 2011. Whether it's a Dual Cut Bypass pruner, a complete set of the Dual Cut series, an iTouch to download the new Corona Tools App and the grand prize, a collection of Corona's best-in-class tools including everything from rakes, shovels, pruner, lopper, head shears, saw, hand tools, extendable handle series, and a Corona wheelbarrow to fill up your shed with RED and be ready to roll with Corona, season after season!Giveaway Rules -
Because someone always asks...rules are rules and here they are:
- Open to US residents in continental US
- Not open to members of Corona, relatives or individuals directly affiliated with Corona
- Photos and videos must be G rated for all to view. We are a family company after all!
- Video lengths should be no longer than 02:00 (2 minutes)
- All entrants will grant rights to use photos and videos in print, digital and online promotional materials
- Use official #CTHOWIROLL on Twitter
Round 2 Giveaway Rules:
Corona will judge entries on 3 main categories;# of views, best use of the tool, creativity
- 1st Place: Corona Tool Collection valued at approximately $850
- 2nd Place: iTouch compatible with the Corona Tools garden app
- 3rd Place: Dual Cut Series
- Remaining Entries: Dual Cut Bypass Pruner