The Dirt – United We Stand

United We Stand

The national anthem was about to begin. We all stood, hats were removed, and hands were placed over our hearts. A silence fell across the stadium. We all waited in anticipation.

From the Jumbotrons on either end of the stadium, we could see the singer had started her national anthem performance, but no sound was coming out of the speakers. For a brief second her voice would kick in, but – just as quickly – it go out. Something was wrong with the sound system.

And, that’s when it happened.

The Chiefs AFC Championship Game

As our national anthem progressed, and the sound system continued to pop in out and out with the singer’s performance failing to be broadcast to the stadium, the crowd took over.

It was faint at first… just a soft murmur of singing. But, it quickly built. Together, our singing become louder and louder and by “…the twilight’s last gleaming…” we were carrying the performance.

And, we carried it until the end.

It was unlike any national anthem I had ever experienced… and it was amazing. For those few moments, we all came together and made it happen. It was pretty cool. You can actually check it out at the video below.

That was the Chief’s AFC Championship Game a couple of Sundays ago, and we were there. (My wife and I lucked into a chance to attend.)

Even though our team lost and the drive home was pretty somber, the day was a lot of fun and I came home with some good memories… including the crowd’s national anthem performance. That one was the best.

I still wish we would have won though!

Back here at the shop, we’re still plowing through winter; but, with each passing day spring is getting a little closer. (It will be here soon…I promise!) If you find yourself needing some help during this February winter stretch, keep us in mind. We’re still out here and eager to help.

-Cameron Rees

Cameron Reese
Fun garden accents are starting to arrive!
New pots are showing up, too!
Anyone need a light?
Spring must be getting close... the crabgrass preventer has arrived.
…and lots of other lawn products, too!
Our houseplants still are looking great!
There’s still time to do some dormant lawn seeding…
…and dormant seeding of wildflowers, too!
Hang in there. Spring will be here soon!

Preventing Crabgrass

If you have had crabgrass in your yard and understand what a pain it can be, then let me remind you that right now is the time to choose your plan of attack for avoiding having to deal with crabgrass at all this year! 

We know you work hard to keep your lawn looking nice, and we want to help you keep it that way.  Sure, there are sprays that we offer that help kill it after it matures, but wouldn’t it be great to prevent it all together? 

We have two plans of attack here that we recommend. 

The first recommendation is All Seasons Crabgrass Preventer with Fertilizer by Fertilome.  This product has a pre-emergent that controls crabgrass before it becomes a problem.  It provides season long coverage with only one application, and it covers your Spring fertilization all in one!  This is definitely for lawns that are established and not going to be seeded in the Spring.

The second option is for anyone that did dormant seeding or plans to put down some grass seed this spring. 

Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental is another great option for a pre-emergent to nip crabgrass in the bud.  While this product contains no fertilizer, it can be applied 2 weeks after signs of your grass germinating!  You don’t need to wait until you’ve mowed your lawn 2 or 3 times like you would with a typical weed killer or fertilizer, because there is no fertilizer. 

If you are seeding this Spring, this is your option!

Rick Rac, Zig Zag or Fishbone…Take Your Pick!

Have you ever heard of a Ric Rac Cactus? How about Fishbone Cactus? Zig Zag Cactus?

Well, they are all the same plant that happens to have many aliases. For those seamstresses out there, you know ric rac as the braided trim in a zig zag form (or maybe you’re not a seamstress and just knew that).

This plant originated in the rainforest canopies of Mexico. Growing as an epiphyte (grows on other plants), cascading from tree branches. It is very rare that you will see a bloom from this cactus. Conditions have to be just right and aside from that it is night blooming. But who needs blooms when you have such unique foliage!

Inside this plant likes high humidity (but not needed) and bright, indirect light. When the weather warms up you can move it outside to a shady spot. The Ric Rac Cactus, though it is called a cactus, actually prefers a little more moisture. When the top 1” of the soil is dry, give it a drink.