Monday, August 22, 2016

All About Camdenton Farm & Garden!

We believe that quality of product and service goes a long way….

Camdenton Farm & Garden has been around for over 25 years, and in that time we have become a well loved, and well-stocked livestock, pet, garden, and wild bird supply company at the Lake of the Ozarks. There was a dream to provide a store here at the Lake that combined the tools you needed, but also the friendly service that a small town needs, and that's exactly what we've achieved. Here are a few things you should know about Camdenton Farm & Garden if you've never come down to meet us!


Our Purpose and History

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we believe that quality of product and service goes a long way in attracting and retaining customers. The store has served the people of Camdenton and surrounding counties for over 25 years, ever expanding the products that we provide. People are accustomed to our knowledgeable, friendly service, including curbside loading of products purchased… a service you will not find at the “box stores”.

Michael and Brenda Ledbetter, of Camdenton, have been the owners and operators of Camdenton Farm and Garden since 2007. Their dream was to expand the product line that the store provided. The Ledbetters also wanted to give the building a “facelift” and an old-west feed store appearance. In 2008, this was accomplished.

Wide Variety of Pet Supplies and Livestock Feed

Although Camdenton Farm and Garden caters to many farmers in the area, as we carry all of the products to meet the nutritional needs of their livestock, we also provide a wide variety of pet supplies and feed, from tropical birds, hamsters, cats, rabbits, and dogs in all shapes and sizes.


Extensive Supply of Wild Bird Supplies and Feeders

Camdenton Farm and Garden carries an extensive supply of wild bird supplies and feeders. Our feeders, from quality manufacturers like Droll Yankees, Duncraft, and Bird’s Choice (to name a few) will last for years and are backed by the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. We are known for our Jim’s Mix, a mixed seed composition of our own making, as well as a variety of wild bird seed, including black oil sunflower, peanuts, and nyjer seed in bulk or by the pound. You won’t find a better variety of suet cakes at our price anywhere! Although we carry a large variety of wild bird feeders in our store. If you can’t find what you need, we can order it for you.


Need help or advice regarding your lawn?

Camdenton Farm and Garden carries products from well-known lawn and garden specialists like Fertilome and High Yield. We have an extensive variety of grass seed from Missouri Southern Seed Company so you know that it’s fresh and will thrive in this tough Ozark climate. Need soil amendments, bulk topsoil, or straw, for your project. We have that, too, plus……we deliver. Simply give us your address and we will tell you the price of delivery, depending on your distance, from our store.

We Would LOVE To See You Sometime

Whether you need supplies for your farm at the Lake of the Ozarks, advice about your Lake of the Ozarks garden, or just to drop in and talk shop, we would love to see you! We are located just south of the Camdenton square, right across from the First Baptist Church. Come see why service reigns supreme while visiting out knowledgeable staff and all the critters here at Camdenton Farm and Garden.

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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Monday, August 15, 2016

The History of Haymaking

The history of haymaking has been a long tradition, and used for as long as horses and cows needed something to eat! While the process used to be considered manual labor, thanks to machinery and equipment you can get the job done quickly and efficiently. Of course, at Camdenton Farm & Garden, you can get it done even quicker by just bringing your truck down here to get it loaded up for the best hay at the Lake of the Ozarks! Here are some interesting things to know about historical haymaking that should make you thankful for the way you do it today.


Haymaking in the 17th & 18th Centuries

In this time period, hay wasn't as common because it was harder to store and harder to gather. In fact, it was gathered by hand. The output was small, and it was hard to grow large amounts of hay until seeds were brought from abroad that would help make a greater quantity in a shorter amount of time. That doesn't change the fact that very few tools were involved, the work was done by hand, and the storage of the hay was crude at best.

Haymaking Machinery

Up until the late seventeen hundreds, hay was gathered manually, until someone invented a wooden rake to help speed the process along. The mowing machine was invented around 1820, but it wasn't successful, thankfully at the same time, the first horse-drawn wooden rake was brought to the scene. It became it's most popular in 1835-1840 and finally hay wasn't just made by hand. In the mid-1800's haymaking finally started to speed up a bit and horses and oxen took over the work that had been done by people. There were seeding tools and steel-toothed dump rakes that also hit the market, making the process go a bit faster. By the 1860's there were barn hay forks that were invented, and in the 1870's hay loaders and steam-powered engine were beginning to make their mark on the hay making industry.

At the turn of the century, things started making vast improvements with the start of the first gasoline powered tractor from Iowa. In the 1920's tractors were beginning to replace horse power, and some farms were even starting to get electricity. Over the next fifteen years, hay was being dehydrated, there was also a mower-crusher, hay crop silage, and the first automatic field string baler.

Haymaking Now

From beginning to end, the process of making hay is now completely automated. A farmer can make his own hay from start to finish by planting, mowing, baling, and even stacking his hay with the help of tractors and other equipment. Haymaking has seen a lot of changes over the last three hundred years, we can only imagine what the next three hundred will bring!


Of course, if you don't want to invest in a large property to grow your hay and the equipment it takes to make it, we do have a few alternatives for you. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we carry straw for bedding for your animals as well as for helping with the establishment of your turf lawn, and fresh hay and alfalfa for your livestock. Prices vary based on availability and market fluctuations, so you'll want to call for prices. Keep in mind that we also deliver straw at the Lake of the Ozarks! No matter what your farm and garden project, we carry many of the tools it takes to make it happen, come stop by sometime!

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Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Monday, August 8, 2016

FAQs About Water Softeners

In Missouri, especially around the Lake of the Ozarks, you will find hard water. Hard water simply means that there are more minerals in the water, and while they aren't always a bad thing, they can cause unsightly stains on your sinks, bathtubs, and sometimes even clothes from the washer. These minerals are commonly magnesium, calcium, iron, and sulfur. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we stock fifty-pound bags of water softening salt, and will even split the bags and load them up for you! Here are a few frequently asked questions about water softeners to help you understand the benefit of having one.

What is a water softener?

Water softening is a technique that removes the ions that cause your water to be hard. In many cases, calcium and magnesium ions, as well as iron and sulfur can be removed during the softening process. You can have a water softener installed, and it's connected directly to the water supply so that you can  correct the water before it comes out of your faucets.

How long will a water softener last?

When you choose a good brand, you can expect them to last quite a while with very little maintenance - aside from filling them with salt when necessary.

How often do I need to refill a water softener?

This all depends on the amount of water you use in your home, but a good visual cue is when the water sits just barely above the top of the salt. At this point, it's time to add more salt. You can anticipate that it will need to be refilled every eight weeks or so.

Is there any reason I shouldn't soften my water?

In most cases, softening your water isn't going to be an issue for any reason. You are, however, adding salt to the water, and while it's a very little bit, if you are on a salt-restricted diet, you might want to install your unit strategically. You can either have the softened water run to all of your faucets except the cold water in your kitchen so that the water you're cooking with and drinking isn't affected, or you can install a separate faucet that isn't softened. 

Why should I soften my water?

One of the most popular reasons for softening your water is because it greatly decreases the amount of scaling that happens on your pipes, faucets, and bath fixtures. It can also reduce the spotting on your glasses, dishes, and flatwater. Soft water can also assist your detergent in cleaning your clothes better while making your clothes last longer too! You can reduce the amount of laundry soap, dishwashing soap, hand soap, and shampoo sometimes up to half of what you would normally use. Soft water is also considered to be more pleasant to wash with because it leaves less soap scum on you and your tub and shower.

Are you looking for a good salt for your water softener? Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden! Do you need bulk softener salt at the Lake of the Ozarks for your business? We can provide pallet pricing and delivery options if you give us a call or stop in the store. If you have any other questions, be sure to ask us, we would love to help you get your hard water soft again!

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Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Gardening Tasks By Month: August

Welcome to the month of August! It’s been a fast summer, with varying degrees of really hot weather and lots and lots of rain - and we’re thankful for every drop! Are you wondering if there are specific things you can do through this month to help your plants continue to produce well? At Camdenton Farm and Garden we are here to support your gardening efforts from beginning to end, and between all of our staff members, we have years of experience. Here are a few things you can do through the month of August to keep your garden in tip-top shape!


Water the Lawn

You will want to water your lawn once a week, that is if mother nature hasn't been providing the moisture herself! Water your grass in the morning so that the harsh afternoon sun doesn't hurt the wet plants. If you water the grass at night, you are helping to make it more prone to disease since it will be dark and cold, and the added moisture won't be good for it for that long of time.

Cut Back Perennials

Don't be afraid to do this. It will force re-blooming and keep them lasting longer. When cutting a plant back, buds, flowers, and leaves may all be removed. The best tool to use for cutting back is hedge shears, and you should leave at approximately two inches of the plant when you cut it. This should help your late season perennials at the Lake of the Ozarks continue to grow and flower through the rest of the season. If you have any questions about performing this task, please, let us know!

Continue Applying Liquid Fence

Remember to continue to apply Liquid Fence to your tender perennials every 2-3 weeks to ward off pests. We believe that there is no better product on the market than Liquid Fence. Our customers must agree because they return, time after time, to buy this product. It truly works, as advertised, when used as directed. We recommend starting the application, especially if you are trying to deter deer from eating your tulips and hosta when they first come up in the spring.

Weed & Feed

If you don’t plan on over-seeding your lawn in September, apply weed and feed around Labor Day, especially if you didn’t do it around the 4th of July. If you do plan on over-seeding your lawn, stick around next month for our September gardening tasks!

The Best Gardening Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

How are your plants faring so far through the summer? Are you noticing anything in particular that concerns you? We would love to give you any assistance we can in helping your garden continue on successfully. Feel free to comment, message us on Facebook, give our shop a call, or even come in and visit! From planting to harvesting and everything in between the team at Camdenton Farm and Garden would love to help you grow the best garden at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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