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December 2016

Heavy Duty Carhartt Coats to Keep You Warm

Winter can be harsh, but it shouldn’t slow you down. Whether you’re working out in the farm, tending the ranch, or just trying to survive winter without turning into an icicle, here are some great choices for winter coats from Carhartt. Known for their durability and sturdiness, these coats will get you through winter for years to come.

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How to Dispose of Your Live Christmas Tree

What to do with your used Live Christmas Tree

The radio stations have stopped playing Christmas music, the lights are coming down, and everyone’s getting ready for New Years celebrations. Meanwhile, that live Christmas tree you and your family had so much fun chopping down and decorating is becoming more of a fire hazard with every passing day. Need some simple suggestions on how to recycle or repurpose your Christmas tree? Read ahead for some out-of-the-box ideas to give your old Christmas tree new purpose.

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Pet Health 101 – Exercising Your Dog in the Winter

Cold Winter Exercising Your Dog Will Appreciate

The leaves finished falling a while ago. If you live in the north, you probably look outside to see a blanket of snow; in the south, the air is brisker and you’re probably spending more time indoors. Many people enjoy exercising indoors and the same can be said when it comes to exercising your dog.  Likewise, your dog isn’t enjoying the freedom of warm weather and long walks these days. Being cooped inside a house all winter can make your dog bored and anxious, and anxious dogs often act out by destroying your possessions. All dogs need to work out their energy during the day, but that’s hard to do when the temperature drops. Here are some fun winter-oriented activities you can do with your dog to help keep entertained and in shape.

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How to Keep Your Live Christmas Tree Fresh

A Fresh Live Christmas Tree Can Be Amazing

There’s nothing quite like a live Christmas tree. But the work isn’t done after you and the family chop it down, haul it home, and set it up. Live Christmas trees continue to dry out after you cut them down. Your tree will soon start to lose its needles and look a little less jolly. Here’s how you can extend the life of your Christmas tree and keep it looking bright and joyful during the holiday season.

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How to Maintain a Beehive Throughout the Year

Tips To Help You Maintain a Beehive

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby, and it’s not as overwhelming as it seems. Not only does it help the environment by bolstering the bee population, but you get free honey out of it! How To Maintain a beehive is a relatively simple process, from setting up the hive to harvesting the honey in the fall and keeping your bees alive through winter.

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The Difference Between Italian and Carniolan Honey Bees

Most people don’t realize that there are several different types of honey bees out there, which can make starting your hive a confusing process. You may have thought all honey bees were the same, but different species have specific traits and characteristics. Some species produce more honey, bigger hives, and some are more aggressive. Choose a species depending on your personal preferences. Most beekeepers in the US use Italian or Carniolan bees, and these are the species we carry at C-A-L Ranch. Each has its pros and cons.

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Winterizing a Push Lawn Mower

If you haven’t done this yet, the time is now! Failing to properly winterize your lawn mower can result in hundreds of dollars worth of repairs next season. So if you’ve been dragging your feet, you’d better get moving. Even if you’re storing your lawn mower in a garage, shed or basement, you need to winterize it. Don’t worry, though — winterizing your lawn mower is simple and easy. Here’s how you do it…

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How to Set Up a Beehive

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re either considering ordering bees or you already have. Before you receive your bees, you need to have the hive set up and ready to go. Failure to transport the bees into the hive within 24 hours can be damaging. But don’t worry — setting up a hive is simple and easy! Keep reading for instructions on how to start your own hive.

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Everything You Need to Start Beekeeping

Beekeeping can seem like an overwhelming hobby for beginners. Truthfully, beekeeping is a relatively easy pastime that rewards hobbyists by providing honey and helping to pollinate gardens and flowerbeds. As with any hobby, starting up can be an expensive and daunting task. Before you order your hive, you need to make sure you have all the necessary equipment and understand its usage.

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