Attracting Birds During the Winter Months

It's Mid-November, and it's time to start thinking about our backyard feathered friends.  I already have my resident Cardinals "yelling" at me in the morning because the feeder is empty, so I've got to get going myself.  By now the shelves at your local hardware or big box should be stocked to the gills with bird seed.  I suggest taking a weekend to see if you can identify what kind of birds take up residency in your yard for the winter and purchasing your birdseed accordingly.  However if you don't have the time you can always buy a blend that will accommodate just about any bird.  If there are birds that you'd like to see search out what kind of seed(s) or food will attract them, and try to attract them.  I've outlined some tips on attracting, and taking care of your yard birds below.

Food

  • Suet provides the calories needed to keep birds warm in the winter.  There are multiple ways to hang, but the most popular would be a suet feeder seen here from Bestnest.com.  There are other suet feeders, but I found this to be the most popular. 
  • You can make your own suet with this recipe from garden gate magazine, and if you’re creative you can even make these Birdseed Wreaths and Ornaments which make great gifts as well!
  • Another great winter food is Oil Sunflower.  This food is also high in calories, but make sure it’s Oiled Sunflower and not stripped sunflower.  Oiled sunflower offers twice the calories as stripped sunflower.
  • Don’t like the “heel” or ends of a loaf of bread, then throw it in the yard.  Birds love bread and this is a great way to attract new birds.  I remember when I was young my grandparents always bought a loaf of “day old” for the birds.

Water

  • This one’s easy, put out a bird bath.  If you live in a cold climate like I do you might want to buy a heated bath or a heater to keep the water from freezing.  I’ve found that if you keep up on putting fresh water in the bath the water won’t freeze but that’s me I’m out almost every day to check.
  • You can also put out bowls or the like filled with water, the birds will use them trust me!

Shelter

  • Don’t cut your ornamental grass as it provides great shelter during storms, and chilly nights.
  • Don’t take down bird houses.  Be sure to clean out old nests to get rid of parasites, but try to leave them up for the winter you’re sure to attract birds with the real estate!
  • I’ll even try to leave large branches from my late season trimming projects.  I’ll actually lay these over my borders, the birds use them and they keep the deer out of my beds.

So there you have it, just a few tips on attracting birds to your landscape for winter bird watching.  I guess all you have to do is think about what you need in the winter, food, water, & shelter…

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JGB Awarded the DLA Innovative Business Performer of the Year

JGB Enterprises, Inc. makers of The Perfect Garden Hose, attended the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Business Alliance Awards Ceremony held in Fort Belvoir, Virginia on October 22, 2014. JGB was awarded the DLA Innovative Business Performer of the Year – Award for Small Business.

The award was presented by Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency. JGB's Director of Government Contracts, Marty Salanger was on hand to accept the award.

We were nominated for this award by DLA Land and Maritime located in Columbus, Ohio. It is an honor to receive this prestigious award and all employees should be proud of their support to DLA and take great pride in support of America's Warfighters.

Thanks to all for their continued contributions to JGB's success!!

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Overwintering Geraniums Redux

I originally wrote this post a couple of Autmuns ago, but it's just one of those posts that I think deserves a yearly redux. Last year I added about six geraniums to my overwinting project, and all six did great and will be overwintered once again this year.  Not only does overwintering save your geraniums from the compost heap, but it saves you money as well!

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The Perfect Garden Hose Fall Trade Show Schedule

  

It's trade show time again, and The Perfect Garden Hose will attending two.  This fall we be attending the True Value fall reunion in Denver, CO & the Do it Best fall show in Indianapolis, IN.  We will be highlighting our new POP display box for The Perfect Garden Hose, as well as new products targeting member who have rental programs such as our Eagle Shop Air, Eagle Red Discharge Hose, Eagle Contractors Water hose, and more.  So if you'll be attending either of these shows please stop by and see us, I've included all show information below including our booth numbers!

TRUE VALUE 2014 FALL REUNION

OCTOBER 10-12 2014
FRI 7am to 4pm / SAT 7am to 5pm / SUN 7am to 4pm
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER
700 14th ST
DENVER, COLORADO
BOOTH# 3663

DO IT BEST FALL MARKET

OCTOBER 18-20 2014
SAT 8am to 5pm / SUN 8am to 5pm / MON 8am to 5pm
INDIANAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER
100 S CAPITOL AVE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
BOOTH# 2952

Hope to see you there!!

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Landscaping & Clean-up Tips for Fall

Since it's the first day of fall I thought it would be appropriate for a fall post, even though I'm really not ready to let summer go.  However, I happen love fall in the garden, I use the cooler temps for large projects I've planned and when I clean up I tend to really clean up.  I always feel the more I clean in the fall, the better my gardens look in the spring & summer.  That said I wanted to share a few of my fall landscaping tips, including cleaning up.

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JGB Enterprises Repeats as Top 50 Industrial Distributor

       

JGB Enterprises, Inc. once again made Industrial Distribution's Big 50 moving up one spot to number 49 on the list.  The countdown video of the biggest industrial suppliers by revenue went live on Industrial Distribution Magazine's website last month, and The Perfect Garden Hose is mentioned as contributor to grow in the retail segment.  Watch below as Executive Editor Anna Wells, Editorial Director Jeff Reinke and Contributing Editor Jack Keough run down this year's list of the industrial market's 50 largest global distributors.

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JGB Enterprises Expands Reach

 

JGB Enterprises, makers of The Perfect Garden Hose has opened a new branch in Williston, ND.  JGB Enterprises will operate a 10,000 square foot facility located within the East Broadway Industrial Complex.  JGB Enterprises brings over 35 years of industrial & hydraulic hose, fitting & hose assembly experience to the area.  JGB will service all industrial & hydraulic customers with crimping capabilities from 1/8" up to 12".

JGB is excited to be expanding our reach, and we look forward to serving the Williston location with the hose, fittings, and hose assemblies from trusted brands such as Veyance Technologies/Goodyear, Gates, Kuriyama, Dixon, and more!

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JGB Donates The Perfect Garden Hose to Syracuse SUNY ESF

JGB Enterprises has donated 700 feet of The Perfect Garden Hose to the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, NY.  The garden hoses will be used in the state-of-the-art 8000 square foot Illick hall rooftop greenhouse facility.  The facility is separated into twelve 500 to 900 square foot compartments which will be used as research space for many projects including bioremediation of contaminated soils, management of invasive insects, and the propagation and reintroduction of American chestnut to eastern US forests.  The Illick Hall facility will also include six interconnected compartments that will house the school's teaching plants which include one of the largest collections of cacti and succulents in the Northeast, dozens of Orchids, coffee trees that produce beans, and banana plants that yield bananas!

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Quick List of August Garden Chores & Tips

I am so busy in my gardens it’s been really difficult to sit down and write for The Perfect Garden Hose blog page.  I’ve planned some relatively large projects coming this month including adding a garden, and removing one as well.  Since I’m going to be getting even busier, I’ve already created an August to-do list to keep up with my day-to-day chores.  I figured since it’d be a quick and easy post I’d share below.

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Step-by-Step Build your own Fire Pit

Last year my little one and I built our own Fire Pit, I posted it July of 2013 and I decided to re-post it this year since the response was so great.  There’s nothing like a nice fire in the evening hours to wind down these long summer days.  Whether you enjoy a good S’mores, or a glass of wine, the crackling of burning wood is sure to relax.  So I thought I'd re-share my step-by-step on how we built it.

First let me start by saying that there are thousands of ways to build your own fire pit.  The instruction I’ll lay out below just happens to be a fast, easy, and most importantly inexpensive way to do it.  I wanted an old, rustic, “cottagey” look, and I felt this served me the best.  Since the pit has been in place for one year now, there are a couple of things I think I would add and I've mentioned them at the end of the post…

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