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BestNest.com Newsletter
August 4, 2011

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Sales & Specials
  • Clearance
  • Watering Your Landscape
Sales & Specials
We've decided to run a special on a handful of products. Act now on the following "Hot Buys" because the special ends on Monday, August 8th. Be sure to check out all of our exciting specials by visiting the Hot Buys department regularly.





Wing & A Prayer Azalea Bird Feeder, Hammered Copper Roof
AWP-AZLFDR-H
Reg:  $229.99
Sale:$169.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping






Cal Pump Direct Drive Waterfall Pump, 5500 gph
CAP-PW5500
Reg:  $324.99
Sale:$244.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping






Dura-Trel Greenfield Potting Bench, Mocha
DUR-11203M
Reg:  $239.99
Sale:$179.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping






Heath Le Grande Gazebo Combo
HMC-696C
Reg:  $161.99
Sale:$129.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping





Home Bazaar Pagoda Bird House
HOB-9021
Reg:  $104.99
Sale:$77.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping





Heartwood Flutterbye House & Pole, Celery
HW-095B
Reg:  $74.99
Sale:$62.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping Over $75






Panacea Forged Three-Tier Plant Stand, Black, 41.5"H
PAP-89193
Reg:  $119.99
Sale:$82.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping






Pondmaster Pond-Mag 7 Pump, 700 gph
PON-02527
Reg:  $127.99
Sale:$87.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping





Stokes Squirrel Lunch Box
STK-38079
Reg:  $37.99
Sale:$29.99 thru 8/8
Free Shipping Over $75


Clearance
A few of our deeply discounted items appear below. These items feature exceptional savings and value but are not all of our sale items. More discounted items may be found in their corresponding departments. Be sure to check out some of our other exciting deals by visiting the Clearance department regularly.




Achla Spinning Compost Mixer, Black
ACD-CMP-03
Reg:  $229.99
Sale:$174.99
Free Shipping





Akro-Mils Classic Round Pot, Sandstone, 17.5" dia.
AKM-12017SANDS
Reg:  $22.99
Sale:$15.49
Free Shipping Over $75





BirdBrain Fleur de Lis Garden Statue, Red Tuscan
BIR-10404210
Reg:  $34.99
Sale:$19.99
Free Shipping Over $75





BirdBrain Arani Flower Firepot, Small, Green / Red
BIR-11504196
Reg:  $24.99
Sale:$16.99
Free Shipping Over $75






BirdBrain Crackle Glass Hummingbird Feeder, Lime, 20 oz.
BIR-15573
Reg:  $29.99
Sale:$20.99
Free Shipping Over $75





Cal Pump Mini EggLites w/ Transformer, Red LED, 2-pack
CAP-LCE2-R
Reg:  $54.99
Sale:$29.99
Free Shipping Over $75






Gilmour Metal Large Coverage Impulse Sprinkler
GIM-999ZS
Reg:  $49.99
Sale:$34.99
Free Shipping Over $75





Panacea Forged Planter Box, Black, 11.25" x 23.75"
PAP-89458
Reg:  $47.99
Sale:$42.99
Free Shipping Over $75





Planter's Pride Deluxe Heated Greenhouse Kit
PLP-RZH10200
Reg:  $64.99
Sale:$37.99
Free Shipping Over $75


Watering Your Landscape
During these hot summer months, the duty of watering your lawn, flowers, or garden becomes more vital, to ensure your plants remain properly hydrated and healthy. Well-watered gardens often yield the strongest, most viable plants, and proper watering is necessary for a lush, picturesque lawn. The correct tools for performing each of these tasks will not only make it simpler, they can also help save time, diminish community water use, and lower your water bill.

To keep your yard or other large, grassy area watered, a sprinkler is often the best tool. These units cover a wide area, and the type of sprinkler will help determine how the water falls. Oscillating sprinklers usually have a bar of nozzles along a center tube, and can arc back and forth to water a wide rectangle of space, perfect for lawns. For circular grassy spots, a turret or impulse sprinkler will diffuse water in a direct stream or gentle spray throughout the circle. Most sprinklers can be adjusted to fit your space and shape of the area, for even distribution and making the most of your water.

For watering small sections of landscaping, spot sprinklers or watering globes are an effective choice. Watering globes have a reservoir at the top and a neck which inserts into the soil around the plant roots. When dry, capillary action from the roots pulls water from the reservoir to the plant, keeping it perfectly hydrated. These are also ideal for container gardening and houseplants. This type of automatic system eradicates the need for using unnecessary water on potted plants, and the reservoirs may also be filled with harvested water for added conservation. Spot sprinklers are designed to water small areas in a certain shape, and tend to spray much less than impulse or oscillating versions. Another option for small areas or containers is to hand water the plants. A specialty nozzle can direct the water flow or create a gentle rainfall effect, while a watering wand will help extend the reach of your hand.

To keep your large planter beds or garden area healthy, soaker hoses or slow release watering products are often the most effective tools. On these types of areas, sprinklers tend to wet the entire plant, which can waste water or even lead to rot if some plant leaves do not fully dry. Soaker or weeper hoses, which have a porous surface or holes throughout the hose, are designed to be placed within the planter beds. With this method, water reaches the plant roots, rather than the leaves, creating healthy root systems and preventing leaf rot. It also eradicates water loss from evaporation, to help conserve water. The weeper hose should be placed within 10" of each plant, and can even be covered with mulch to remain inconspicuous. Dig a small hole near the plant and place a drinking glass in it to measure how much water is reaching your plant within a certain timeframe. As soaker and weeper hoses can be very sensitive to water pressure, determine your water pressure prior to using either type if item. You may also need to adjust your water pressure to the manufacturer's specifications. Planting items with similar watering needs together allows you to only water for set amounts of time as needed. Soaker hoses can also be wrapped around the base of newly planted trees to encourage proper root growth and tree growth. Slow-release watering bags can also help new trees stay hydrated without evaporation or runoff.

Very large planting areas, such as formal gardens or crop rows, can benefit from drip irrigation. With this system, water is applied evenly and slowly to plant roots using drip emitters and tubing. Water is not lost to evaporation, as it is applied virtually directly to the root system. As fertilizer can also be applied directly to the water and roots, less can be used, and collected or recycled water is often applied in this method. Such an application also keeps the leaves dry, preventing rot and fungal disease, and some systems have adjustable nozzles to determine the correct amount of water flow per plant. The upfront cost for a drip irrigation system can be significant, but can easily save on time, water resources, pesticides, and fertilizers once installed.

You can save water and money by using a timer on most types of watering systems, by setting them to only water for a certain timeframe daily or even weekly. The slow release units can be checked or filled once or twice a week, and the globes filled as needed to maintain a plant's health. To determine if the plant is getting enough hydration, check it regularly with a moisture meter. Use a rain barrel beneath your downspout to harvest rainwater for your plants, instead of using community water. Additionally, many hose nozzles and watering wands have on/off thumb tabs, allowing you to stop the water flow when repositioning or when you need to stop watering for a moment. All these small steps help reduce water usage, diminishing your water bill, and help your community. BestNest carries a full line of garden products for all your watering needs. Be sure to check out all the Watering Equipment on our site, to find the products that will help you keep your garden hydrated. For more personal assistance, feel free to call one of our Customer Service Representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.




DRAMM ColorStorm Oscillating Sprinkler, Orange
DRA-10-15002
Reg:  $49.99
Now: $44.99
Free Shipping Over $75





DRAMM ColorStorm Premium Rubber Hose, Berry, 5/8", 50'
DRA-10-17006
Reg:  $67.99
Now: $62.99
Free Shipping Over $75





DRAMM Premium Soaker Hose, 5/8", 50'
DRA-10-17010
Reg:  $34.99
Now: $32.99
Free Shipping Over $75





DRAMM Heavy Duty Brass Rose Hose End
DRA-540BC
Reg:  $87.99
Now: $82.99
Free Shipping





Gardman Metal Watering Can, Green w/ Copper Accents, 1.6 gal
GAR-8331
Reg:  $27.99
Now: $24.99
Free Shipping Over $75





Gilmour Large Coverage Pulsating Sprinkler with Tripod
GIM-199TRI1
Reg:  $107.99
Now: $87.99
Free Shipping






Gilmour Water Weeper Soaker Hose, 5/8", 50'
GIM-27-58050
Reg:  $26.99
Now: $22.99
Free Shipping Over $75






Gilmour 3 Tube Sprinkler / Soaker Hose, Flat, 50'
GIM-27142
Reg:  $18.99
Now: $17.99
Free Shipping Over $75





Gilmour Double Outlet Electronic Water Timer
GIM-9600
Reg:  $64.99
Now: $52.99
Free Shipping Over $75


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