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This is the final GardenLine post of the year. And since it's gift-giving time, I thought I'd remind you about a couple of great GardenLine gifts ideas we discussed on the show last weekend.
The first is from Sawhouse, our friends in the Stihl power equipment world. Their deal is good through Jan. 4 at their 9860 Aldine-Westfield location, just north of downtown. With the purchase of any Stihl chainsaw, you will get ...
1. A free Stihl hard carry case
2. A free extra chain
3. A free gallon of Stihl chain oil
4. A free six-pack of Stihl Oil Mixer
That's a retail value of over $100. Sawhouse is closed on weekends, but they're open early at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.
The other great deal — a darn good gift idea or just a great way to save money in the new year — is a water conservation analysis from Mr. Sprinkler Repair. As a GardenLine listener, it's yours for just $100. Normally, it's $159, and even at the regular price it would pay for itself in very short order. As the company's Bill Dittman pointed out on last weekend's show, roughly 75 percent of water usage is for irrigation, but 50-75 percent of that is wasted. If you implement the recommendations from a water conservation analysis immediately, think how much money you could save in only a few months. Just call 281-489-3726 to set one up.
Finally, as you may have heard me mention Sunday, we are only a month away from the start of fruit tree sale season, kicking off Jan. 19 with the Urban Harvest sale at Houston Community College, Loop 610 at Bellaire. This is a new location, since they've had to relocate due to the reconstruction of Robertson Stadium at the University of Houston.
Also interesting this year is that the Harris Country, Fort Bend County and Montgomery County Extension/Master Gardener sales will run concurrently on Jan. 26. I don't ever recall two, much less three, being on the same date. (If I'm wrong about that, I'm sure I'll be getting several emails and phone calls.)
Arbor Gate's Sunday Fruit Tree Sale is Jan. 27, and Galveston County's is Feb. 2.
I will double-check all these dates, look for other sales, and have a more detailed look at all of them after the holidays. Be looking for my next post around Jan. 10.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!