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December 12, 2019
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An Underground Clubhouse
by Joey Bokor

I'm sure as a child you had a clubhouse somewhere. Maybe you were lucky enough to have a treehouse. For us, our clubhouses varied from under the canopy of some big ligustrums to a huge stand of philodendrons in the back corner of the yard. With an acre, there was no shortage of places to hide out as needed.

Abby and Maddy decided a few weeks ago that their in-home clubhouse just wasn't cutting it and for some reason Abby thought it would be really cool to have an underground clubhouse, so she started digging. This has actually been an on-again, off-again project for a few years. Basically, they dig holes and Kim and I fill them in when we get frustrated with mowing around them.
This time, they meant business though. Abby was determined to dig a hole big enough to have multiple meeting spaces, as well as a place for pets and storage. She dug a pretty big hole, big enough to plant a 65- or 95-gallon shade tree in. And that's when they called in reinforcements. We had already scheduled a sleep-over with some family friends and the girls had this whole list of activities that they were planning to do while the four additional kids were over. But this project took priority. With four extra sets of hands, the sky (or the ground I guess) is the limit on what you can dig.

And dig they did. Pretty soon the hole was so deep that they couldn't scoop the dirt out, so I showed them how to lower a bucket in and pull the dirt up. It took some teamwork, but they got the hang of it. I'll admit I stepped in to relieve them and keep the momentum going a few times. Not even darkness falling would stop them. With headlamps and lanterns and seeming a little like a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, they continued digging and organizing the clubhouse until we told them it really was time for bed.

In the end, they managed to dig out a two-room clubhouse with a connecting passageway and plenty of little nooks and crannies for storing items. In one corner, there is a waterfall and if you look carefully, there is even a secret compartment that has challenges of some sort behind it. I wasn't brave enough to attempt them.

I hope all of your outdoor projects are filled with as much fun as these kids had digging. Now if I could only find a way to harness some of that digging energy for making holes where I really need them, I'd be all set.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Garden Tip
The Importance of Shade Trees
You won't believe me when I tell you, but now is the best time of year to plant a shade tree. Sycamores, maples and elms are all going dormant. Oaks won't be far behind and even though evergreens like magnolias, will keep their leaves all winter, they are in a state of semi-dormancy.

That means that they aren't using a lot of energy during this time and so after planting, they need less care to get established. A tree planted now needs to be watered every other day for the first month and then twice a week through the second month, continuing with that frequency until we warm in the spring. And while you won't see much new growth during the next few months, the trees will be getting started on their root system, so that when it is time to flush with new growth in the spring, they are strong, sturdy and ready to grow.

Don't forget that Kerby's offers delivery and installation services on all of our trees. As you can see from the above story, digging holes runs in the family, so let us do the hard work for you, while you experience all of the benefits that shade trees provide.

Shade - I know that seems obvious, but a tree will provide a shady spot for you to enjoy being outside in your yard and as it grows can help with cooling costs (up to $25 per month in the summer) by shading your home as well.

Property Value - Studies have shown that a shade tree can increase the selling price of a home by anywhere from $7000 to $9000.

Fun - As a kid I know I loved all of the trees in our yard. Lots of places to climb and explore.

Environment - Without trees, we wouldn't be here. The oxygen that trees produce is what we breathe. And in the process of producing oxygen, trees take in carbon dioxide as well, helping to store excess carbon from the atmosphere.

Nature - If you love watching birds, butterflies and other little critters in your yard, then you've got to have a shade tree. All types of trees provide shelter, water and food for a variety of wildlife.

So what are you waiting for? The weather is perfect for getting outside and adding a beautiful tree to your home.

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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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