Cole’s Wild Bird Food: What’s HOT & What’s NOT?

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HOT! HOT! HOT!
 
Turn up the heat with Cole’s hot and spicy line of wild bird feeds, suets and the famous Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce. Nutritious sunflower meats infused with fiery hot habanero chilies, Hot Meats are a great no-waste, no-mess feed. Why do birds love the spicy flavor? Well, the chili pepper plant evolved over time to be attractive to birds that make it a meal. When a bird eats a chili, the seeds remain intact and pass through the bird’s droppings where they are spread over a wide area to grow and multiply. So chili peppers may taste hot to mammals, like people and squirrels, but birds do not feel the heat at all – all they taste is “Mmm Mmm Good!”
 
You may see different animal visitors trying the hot feed over the first few weeks, but what you shouldn’t see is any one animal emptying out the feeding in one sitting. You may see them sneeze, wipe their noses or run to your birdbath for a drink of water – all perfectly harmless to the animal. What you will see is a significant increase in bird visits and maybe even a few species you have never seen before at your feeder. Bluebirds and cardinals are especially fond of the hot Cajun flavor. With Cole’s Hot Meats you’ll get more bird visits than ever before!
 
NOT! NOT! NOT!
 
It’s fiction that feeding wild birds will make them too lazy to find food on their own. Despite years of research, they can find no evidence of any harm from feeding wild birds and studies show birds use feeders for only about 25% of their diet. According to the Humane Society of the United States, experts still disagree about whether feeding backyard birds will increase bird populations overall; however, they say feeding birds can certainly help the birds in your neighborhood. In fact, the Humane Society encourages people to feed wild birds, especially in the winter.
 
Birds are most likely to eat where they feel safe from predators, including free roaming cats. Place feeders twelve feet from a brush pile, evergreen tree, or bush. Birds can quickly fly twelve feet to reach the safe cover, yet predators cannot use it to hide within striking range of the feeder. As further protection, place chicken wire or thorny branches around ground-level feeders.
 
Bird Feeding Chart (click on image to enlarge)
 
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Why Feature Lyric Wild Bird Food?

outlook_g81c_bannerAs an Independent Garden Center, it’s important to pay attention to upcoming trends to help grow your business and be prepared to take advantage of changing consumer demands with products that meet the need. Many are already familiar with the impressive stat, that backyard bird watching is the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States – second only to gardening. Because bird watching is an all-year, all-region activity, this category has potential to pay big dividends and assortment can be a significant key to success.

In a recent study conducted by the Wild Bird Feeding Industry, research revealed that the average U.S. household spends nearly $80 annually on wild birds’ feed – broken down into spending for the following: economy seed mix; premium seed mix; straight seed; suet and other pressed seed cakes; and “other.” With over 40% of households participating, that puts the U.S. Retail market size at well over $3 billion. With premium seed mix accounting for nearly 20% of market share, you’ll want to ensure your overall bird food offering is well diversified to meet the needs of all potential customers.
 
outlook_g81c_bodyLyric Wild Bird Food, for years – has offered an exceptional lineup within the premium seed mix segment. Backyard birders love all varieties of this premium wild bird food line for its fine natural ingredients and hand-crafted mixes that attract more birds all year long.
 
Lyric Wild Bird Foods will now stay fresh longer, too, with the integration of their new Stay Fresh Technology. Oxygen absorber packets are included in bags 15 lbs. and smaller. Reduced oxygen content keeps the food fresher longer. The StayFresh packets coupled with Lyric’s pest-resistant, impermeable bags ensure the natural ingredients are at their nutritional and bird-pleasing best at all times.
 
Consumer testimonials validate that switching from lower-priced, lower-quality bird feed to Lyric products, typically nets increased wild bird activity at the feeders.
Lebanon Seaboard Corporation, the manufacturer of the Lyric Premium Wild Bird Food brand, has plants and distribution centers strategically located to ship to major Wild Bird Food Markets in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic very cost effectively. Lyric also responds quickly to changing market conditions to remain very competitively priced for a premium quality product. Lyric Wild Bird food consistently receives rave reviews from customers that appreciate the bird varieties attracted by the gourmet blends.
 
Don’t miss out on this growing trend and important Premium Wild Bird Food opportunity with Lyric. If it’s not part of your current offering, there has never been a better time to add it. You will sell more bird food, while your customers will feed more birds. Nothing keeps them coming back for more than the simple delight experienced by a mix that attracts more birds.
 
In a recent customer testimonial about the Lyric Fruit and Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix, a birdwatcher writes: “This has to be the cleanest bird food I have yet come across. As compared to less expensive bird food mixes, there is no dusty, debris riddled filler such as millet in this blend. No shells, no chaff, no twigs, no stones.”
 
Lyric – the Finest Nutrients. See the Difference.
 
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Siobhán’s Irish Fire Logs – The Ideal St. Patrick’s Day Offering

outlook_b84_bannerSiobhan’s Irish Fire Logs offers a new, unique Irish peat fuel alternative to traditional firewood, one that is energy-efficient and in ample supply all winter long. With St. Patrick’s Day less than four weeks away, Siobhan’s Irish Fire Logs are an ideal way to celebrate the day when everyone’s Irish. For lawn and garden retailers, Siobhan’s Irish Fire Logs are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day offering that will draw in consumers and add a festive, holiday air to their establishments.

These 100 percent pure Irish peat products will make many consumers forget about traditional firewood. They burn much hotter and longer, don’t spark, and are virtually smokeless once they are lit and get going. The part that will convert longtime firewood users into permanent fans of Irish peat is they have a heavenly earthy and sweet aroma that smells just like Ireland, where the Irish have been burning the organic fuel from renewable bogs in their home hearths for centuries. In Ireland, the aroma of burning Irish peat fills the air everywhere. Many native Irish-Americans have said that burning peat or “sod,” as it is called in Ireland, reminds them of home. Carry Siobhan’s Irish Fire Logs to put Irish warmth and Old World tradition into your customers’ winter heating and entertaining, especially for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
 
These nostalgic products imported from Ireland will especially appeal to the nearly 40 million Americans of Irish or Scot-Irish heritage. Smelling a peat fire evokes memories of past trips to Ireland and sparks the imagination of how their ancestors lived. Recently introduced, Siobhan’s Irish Fire Logs have been a big hit this fall with garden centers, hardware and fireplace stores.
 
Siobhán’s Irish Fire Logs are harvested from renewable peat bogs that are abundant throughout Ireland. The peat is cut from the top layer of the bog, which is composed of decomposed vegetative matter, and then laid out to dry. After drying, it is milled and compressed into briquettes. Peat is a very dense, very efficient fuel, which contains no additives, binders, or accelerants. The first recorded use of peat in Irish fires was in the seventh century, although it is believed to have been used much earlier.
 
Siobhán’s Irish Fire Logs can be used year-round in indoor and outdoor fireplaces, chimeneas, fire pits, camp fires, and even in barbecue grills to add a smoky, savory flavor to food. They are ideal for apartment and condo dwellers since they take up far less space, are easily stored and are less messy than firewood. Their compact size also make them easy to transport for backpackers, RV campers, and those seeking a weekend get-away at a cabin or a beach house. Siobhán’s Irish Fire Logs do not spark or shoot embers and are virtually smokeless once they’re burning. They especially appeal to people who are sensitive to smoke – or want smoke-free homes.
 
Each box contains 22 Siobhán’s Irish Fire Logs and weighs 30 lbs. A pack of firestarters is included with each box.
 
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Good Tidings 2015 Holiday Market

outlook_g48e_bannerThe Good Tidings 2015 Holiday Market has been open for a few weeks and the response has been phenomenal! Customers are raving about the decorated themed trees – especially “Chalkboard” with ornaments made with chalkboard paint, rustic snowmen, burlap ornaments, adorable snowmen dressed in tweed and herringbone. “Woodsy,” an elegant coloration in soft beige, silver and white, accented with gilt magnolia leaves, has garnered a lot of attention. “Merry Merry” is proving to be a favorite fun group in red, white and green with Santa, accented with a paper chain garland. New for 2015 is the special ornament program with a 40% discount available only on orders placed in the showroom.

 
outlook_g48h_body3Quick Set Perfect Shape technology in trees continues to be a big hit. These trees literally set up in 5 minutes. The electricity is in the trunk so there are no cords to connect between sections of the tree. The tree needs no shaping as the branches are made with memory wire. This is a great time saver for stores as well as consumers. Look for our new styles of trees with dual color LED lighting, which changes from clear to multi.
 
We’re very excited with the new Flurries Lighting Systems. “Light Flurries” is for outdoors and creates a realistic snowfall pattern 60 feet wide and 40 feet high. “Tree Flurries” is for indoors and creates a magical cascade of snow on your Christmas tree, mantel or anywhere that needs a little extra cheer.
 
Kaleidoscope lighting from Gemmy is available as a pathway light or a spot light. The pathway comes in either blue or multi and the spot light comes in white or blue.  The LED light has a faceted cover which creates a constantly moving light show.
 
Several new LED lights not to miss – party lights with faux mercury glass covers in five colors; micro string lights, or dew drop lights, in clear, blue and multi; super nova light clusters in clear, multi, orange and purple with several functions; and C9 with tape light technology.
 
outlook_g48h_body2New in Incandescent lighting are the Edison Bulbs in clear or orange flickering for Halloween.
 
outlook_g48h_body1This year, “sentiments” are popular in outdoor décor – “NOEL”, “ HO HO HO” and “JOY” for Christmas and “EEK” and “BOO” for Halloween.
 
Deer remain a perennial favorite and this year deer are available in white, silver or gold.
 
Air Blown inflatables have new features with kaleidoscope lighting inside and motion.
 
Call today to schedule your showroom appointment – 410-360-6614 or email: dking@arett.com. We look forward to your visit!

Organic Control: Orcon Beneficial Nematode Family Of Products

outlook_o32b_bannerSales of Orcon Beneficial Nematodes benefit from new packaging. By adding Grub Control, Fungus Gnat Control and Fire Ant Control to the already popular Flea Destroyer and Beneficial Nematodes, Orcon has made it easier to sell this natural and organic pest control. With pest-specific packaging, the consumer can easily identify the product that will solve their particular problem, and do it without chemicals or pesticides! They may be tiny, but beneficial nematodes do a big job –moving through the ground, Beneficial Nematodes enter the body cavities of their target pests and release bacteria that kill that pest. They are completely safe for people, pets, plants and the planet, and are compatible with other beneficial insects including earthworms.

 
outlook_o32b_body1Fungus Gnat Control kills the larvae in the soil where they breed. The microscopic organisms seek out and kill fungus gnat larvae, in containers or the ground, and can be used indoors or outdoors. Each container includes seven million live beneficial nematodes and will treat up to 2,000 sq. ft. but faster results are obtained with higher concentrations. Use anytime there is fungus gnat activity.
 
outlook_o32b_body2Grub Control kills grubs and beetle larvae, including Japanese beetle larvae, white grubs, and many more pests in the lawn and garden. Best applied in spring or fall but can be used anytime there is grub activity. Each container includes seven million live beneficial nematodes and will treat up to 2,000 sq. ft. but faster results are obtained with higher concentrations.
 
outlook_o32b_body3Fire Ant Control kills fire ants without harmful chemical pesticides. The beneficial nematodes seek out and kill fire ant queens, workers, and larvae. Easy to use, simply mix with water and drench the mounds. Each container includes seven million live beneficial nematodes and will treat up to 7 mounds.
 
outlook_o32b_body4Beneficial Nematodes are microscopic organisms that destroy pests that live underground. They seek out and kill more than 230 different kinds of soil dwelling and wood boring insects, including Japanese beetles, cut worms, wire worms, weevils, white grubs, fungus gnat larvae, flea larvae, subterranean termites, and many more. Each container includes seven million live beneficial nematodes and will treat up to 2,000 sq. ft.
 
outlook_o32b_body5Flea Destroyer kills fleas in the yard and garden where they breed. The beneficial nematodes actually penetrate the body of juvenile fleas living in the soil. After killing the juveniles these organisms will reproduce and continue searching for more pests. Each container includes seven million live beneficial nematodes and will treat up to 2,000 sq. ft. but faster results are obtained with higher concentrations. Use anytime there is flea activity.
 
For effective flea control, a three-part program is important: fleas must be attacked on pets and animals, in the carpet and upholstery, and outside in the ground. While many products offer flea control, Flea Destroyer is the solution for the crucial third step – outdoor flea control. It’s easy to use: all you do is mix it with water and spray the affected area.
 
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