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BestNest.com Newsletter
November 16, 2005

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor decor products as well as information about upcoming specials, additional online content, and new product offerings.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • New At The Nest
  • Winterizing Your Pond & Water Garden
  • The BestNest.com Giveaway Winner is ...
  • Free Merchandise to be Awarded Every Issue
New At The Nest
We have recently added many new items in an effort to offer you the best backyard wildlife and garden decor products. Here are just a few of the many exciting products found in our Just Added category.


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Aspects Purple Nyjer Mesh Feeder, Small
ASP-377
Now: $24.95



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Brome Squirrel Buster Classic
BRM-1015
Now: $39.95



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AcuRite Copper Clock w/ Thermometer & Hygrometer, 13.5" dia.
CIC-00919
Now: $43.00



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AcuRite Galileo Thermometer & Clock
CIC-00924
Now: $37.00



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AcuRite Songbirds Thermometer, 12.5" dia.
CIC-01581
Now: $12.00



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Oregon Scientific Weather Radio
ORE-WR102N
Now: $49.95



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Wild Republic Singing Bald Eagle, 7.25"
WIR-79364
Now: $6.99



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Wild Republic Singing Wild Turkey, 5.75"
WIR-79413
Now: $6.99



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Wild Republic Moose, 12"
WIR-80624
Now: $10.99




Winterizing Your Pond & Water Garden

With the onset of cold weather, it is a good time to think about overwintering your decorative pond or water garden. The most important thing to consider when overwintering your pond is caring for plants and animals.

Many plants can easily survive in the depths of your pond, but others need special care. Water lilies, cattails, and sedges should be trimmed to approximately an inch above the bulb and kept in the bottom of the pond to wait out the winter. More delicate plants, such as tropical lilies, taro, and elodea, should be brought into an indoor aquarium with an aerator for the colder months. Water lettuce and water hyacinth, are best discarded, as they are tedious to overwinter and relatively inexpensive to replace.

Fish and other cold blooded aquatic life react drastically to changes in their environment. In the cold, most fish go into a dormant state called torpor. When the outside temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for more than five consecutive days, stop feeding the fish altogether to aid the transition into a dormant state. This prevents any undigested food remaining in the digestive system as fish begin their torpor. In their dormant state, fish continue to create waste, a large portion of which is toxic ammonia. To combat an ammonia build up, maintain a hole in the top of your pond with a deicer. This access hole allows harmful gases to escape through the ice. To ensure high oxygen levels, you may wish to keep an aerator running throughout the winter months.

As preventative maintenance for the spring, you may want to clean the loose organic debris from your pond. As leaves and other organic debris decay, ammonia and other toxins will pollute your water. Maintaining a hole in the ice covering a pond will release the toxic gases produced by decay as well as fish waste. Pond nets that cover or float on top of the water are a good investment for ponds that tend to collect fallen leaves and debris. Minor cleaning is best performed using heavy duty pond nets or garden rakes.

Properly winterizing your water feature will keep your aquatic life happy, healthy, and ready for next year. We carry a large selection of deicers, nets, and pond maintenance items to help keep your water feature healthy all winter. If you would like more personal assistance, feel free to call us toll free at 877-562-1818 between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday. You may also e-mail us at customerservice@bestnest.com.


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Creating Your Water Garden
BWD-435
Now: $3.95



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Cal Pump Floating Pond Vent EggLite Kit, 10 Watt
CAP-LPH-10W
Reg: $99.99
Sale: $79.95



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Ento Heavy Duty Pond Net, Black, 12"
ENT-PN503
Now: $14.99




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Farm Innovators Ice Chaser Floating Pond Deicer, 1250 Watts
FI-P-418
Now: $44.95



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Farm Innovators Patio Pond Deicer, 500 Watts
FI-P-500
Now: $41.95




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K&H Thermo-Pond 100 Watt Pond Deicer
KH-8001
Reg: $49.95
Now: $39.95



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Pondmaster Fish Net, 20" dia.
PON-02132
Now: $54.95



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Pondmaster Floating Pond Netting, 14' x 14'
PON-02314
Now: $15.95



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Pondmaster Air Pump with Diffuser, 2900 cu in/min.
PON-04540
Now: $84.99




The BestNest.com Giveaway Winner is Teri Jurecka!
CONGRATULATIONS to Teri Jurecka who just won a new Opus Titanium Series Triple Tube Bird Feeder & Pole! To claim your prize, please send an email to customerservice@bestnest.com and include your address information and telephone number. We may follow-up with a phone call to verify your address information and identity. Congratulations!

Next issue, our winner will receive a new:
Opus Food Court Bird Feeder Now: $21.89

Free Merchandise to be Awarded Every Issue
As a subscriber to the BestNest.com Newsletter, you will be automatically entered into our drawing for free BestNest.com merchandise. Every issue, we will announce a new winner in our newsletter. The winner will be announced by First and Last name and must claim the prize within 30 days of notification. For more information about our giveaway, please visit http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/bnmail.asp .

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