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How to Keep Your Live Christmas Tree Fresh

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

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! Maintaining 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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Pick the Best Puppy Food

Bringing home a new puppy is a rewarding and exciting experience. What a lot of people don’t talk about is how it’s also confusing, especially if you’re a first-time puppy parent. Most common puppy care questions will hit you as you’re pushing your cart down the pet aisle. You’ll see tons of different dog foods and each one claims it’s the  best. You can’t simply feed a puppy any dog food; their stomachs are sensitive and some puppy foods aren’t made with quality ingredients. Not only that, but puppies require a different diet than adult dogs. Puppy food has nutrition that encourages healthy growth. Not only do you need to pick the right brand, but you’ll need to figure out your puppy’s feeding schedule. Starting your puppy off with the right nutrition will help prevent health issues down the road.

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Feeding and Watering Horses in Winter

Horses have different nutrition requirements in cold winter months than they do the rest of the year. First of all, horses get much of their nutrition from forage and pasture grazing. These resources start to die out in winter, so owners must provide an alternative forage source. Because of this, horses’ water intake is also affected. Feeding horses incorrectly can cause your herd serious illness. Read the following article to make sure your horses are getting all the nutrition they need.

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Five Ways to Use Your Old Jack O’ Lantern

Here at C-A-L Ranch, we love carving pumpkins as much as the next person. It’s one of those Halloween traditions we look forward to all year. Unfortunately, Jack O’ Lanterns start to mold and stink up our doorsteps after a couple weeks. It won’t be long until we start seeing rotting pumpkins smashed across streets and sidewalks. Sure, smashing pumpkins is relatively harmless, but it’s not the best use of your old Jack O’ Lantern. Here are five economical ways to reuse and repurpose old Jack O’ Lanterns.

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